Clinical Information for Current Students

Clinical Eligibility Requirements

The vast majority of clinical courses involve the delivery of legal services to the public by students. Rules 321 and 322 of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court govern the admission of law students to the limited practice of law upon certification of each student’s professional competence and good character. In addition to the specific prerequisites, corequisites, and certifications listed in the individual clinical course descriptions, all students participating in “live-client” clinical programs must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 2.0 or better at the beginning of the semester they are enrolled in a clinical course.

PA BAR 321 and 322 Application for Certification forms can be found outside the Clinical/Experiential Learning Office. The application forms can also be downloaded from Clinical Forms & Documents or directly from the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners Website. Completed forms should be submitted to the Clinical/Experiential Learning Office in Klein Hall, room 519/520.

Registration Information

Clinical priority registration is separate from regular priority registration and is the only opportunity to register for clinical courses for the academic year. Once clinical registration awards are posted to Banner, the only way students may obtain a clinical course is through the waitlist process.

Every prospective third-year and fourth-year day and evening student will be given a clinical priority registration number for the academic year. Clinical priority numbers are sent to students via email. Questions regarding priority numbers may be directed to clinical@temple.edu.

Clinical registration for both the Fall and Spring Semester is processed in a single registration period in the spring. Students are required to enter their clinical selections for both semesters via the online clinical registration system during this clinical priority registration period.

Results of clinical priority registration will be posted to the TU Portal - Self Service Banner prior to the start of the general priority registration period.

Waitlist and Schedule Revision Via Add/Drop

Students who were not admitted to clinical courses due to over subscription, or who wish to change the clinical course for which they are registered may be placed on a waitlist in the Clinical/Experiential Learning Programs Office, Room 519-520. Waitlists for each clinical course are maintained on a semester basis. Fall Semester waitlist requests do not carry over to the Spring Semester. All assignments to clinical courses through the waitlist procedure are on a first-come, first-served basis. Information regarding the procedures and timetable for Fall and Spring Semester Schedule Revision (Drop/Add) are communicated via email prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters.

Grading, Attendance and Assignments

Pass Fail

Most, but not all, clinical courses are graded on a pass/fail basis. Students should refer to individual course descriptions for exceptions.

Attendance is Required

Since the clinical experience is premised on participation, students only benefit when they are there to perform. Attendance is mandatory. If an emergency arises which requires an absence or altered schedule, the student must contact his or her supervising attorney as soon as possible and make up any missed time.

Biweekly Journals

The Clinical and Experiential Learning Program Office monitors the quality of all clinical courses and each student's individual experience. Monitoring is done through a variety of means including review of individual journal entries. Most clinical students are required to submit biweekly journals. These journals are designed to encourage students to reflect upon their clinical work and learn from their experiences. Journals are integral to the success of the program and failure to submit them in a complete and timely manner will impact a student's grade.