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

Most, but not all, clinicals are available for Priority Registration through Banner. The clinicals not available through Banner have a separate registration process. Those clinicals are: • Federal Judicial Clerkship – see the Federal Judicial Clerkships web page • State Judicial Clerkship – see the State Judicial Clerkships web page • Ethics in Practice – contact Prof. Jennifer Bretschneider • Social Justice Lawyering and Advanced Clinical Intensive: Social Justice Lawyering – information will be provided by the Sheller Center. Priority Registration for clinicals on Banner will take place from March 30 to April 1. This is before registration for your other courses, which will begin on April 6. Detailed instructions for Priority Registration for clinicals will be sent by email.

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.