Clinical Program – Summer Term
The College of Law offers a variety of clinical experiences during the summer term. Each clinic relies on placing the student with a supervisor to work on real cases. Each clinic has a related classroom component to study fundamental skills and to reflect upon the experience. The benefits of participating in the Clinical Program can include learning basic lawyering skills, learning about legal institutions, learning about law in the context of practice, learning from experience, gaining insight into one’s strengths and preferences in a legal career, and providing valuable public service. For more information see: http://www.law.utah.edu/clinic/.
Civil Clinic: The Civil Clinic is designed to teach essential skills (interviewing, counseling, problem-solving, negotiation) for the practice of law. It also promotes reflection upon individual strengths and preferences in a legal career. Class and placements meet Experiential Requirement. Placement satisfies Public Interest Certificate requirement. Course: Lawyering Skills Survey (3 cr., graded).
- Placements (2 – 5 cr., P/F): Students apply and develop lawyering skills in representing their own clients at public interest law offices or with pro bono attorneys. You interview and advise clients, develop strategies, and negotiate and advocate on clients’ behalf in administrative and court hearings. Placements include: Legal Aid Society, Utah Legal Services, Guardian ad Litem, Open Legal Services, UT Crime Victim’s Legal Clinic, Holy Cross Ministry (Spanish-speaker required), Immigration Firms.
Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic: In-house clinic representing taxpayers in disputes with IRS. Students also enroll in the Lawyering Skills course.
Arranged Clinic: Arranged clinic placements may include UU Athletic Compliance Office and other placements upon approval. Generally, students in arranged placements also enroll in Lawyering Skills as the accompanying course.
Judicial Clinic: The Judicial Clinic allows students to assume a clerking role for a judge. Students improve their skills in legal analysis, research and writing as they carry out legal research and draft opinions on pending cases. The Judicial Clinic provides a unique perspective on court procedure and practice and on the process of judicial dispute resolution. Placements meet Experiential Requirement. Course: Judicial Process (2 cr., graded).
- Placements — judges select students (usually 2 to 5 cr., P/F): S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court, Utah Supreme Court, Utah Court of Appeals, Utah State Court General Counsel (2 or 3 credits), Utah District Courts (2 credits), Utah District Juvenile Courts (2 credits), U.S. Bankruptcy Court, U.S. Immigration Court, Administrative Law Judges in various agencies.
Hinckley Global Clinic, and Hinckley Washington D.C. Clinic: Hinckley Global and Hinckley Washington D.C. placements are arranged directly in conjunction with the Hinckley Institute of Politics and must be approved by Professor Linda Smith for clinical credit. Hinckley Clinics also require Hinckley graduate course (3 cr., graded). Students who have not already taken Lawyering Skills complete a 1 credit Directed Research with Prof. Smith in order to receive law school clinic credit.
Other Clinics: Certain Clinics may be open to rising 3L students who have completed the necessary pre-requisites. These may include: Appellate Clinic, Environmental Clinic, Health Law Clinic, Legislative Clinic, or Mediation Clinic.
Credit/Work Requirements: A student completes 50 hours of relevant legal work for every 1 clinical credit (pass/fail). Most placements require 100 or 150 hours of work and receive 2 or 3 credits, but up to 5 credits/250 hours may be possible. Clinic work should span a minimum of ten weeks. Thus, a 3-credit placement requires 150 hours of work (15 hours per week over 10 weeks). Students should plan so that they can balance clinic responsibilities with other academic courses. A student may earn up to 14 (P/F) clinical credits toward graduation.
In most cases the Clinical Program arranges the placement for the student relying on longstanding community partners. Applications will be available in the Clinical Program Office (Room 3257) after the summer schedule is published. They should be returned to that office. Students are placed on a rolling basis or through judicial selection. The Clinical Program enrolls students in all clinics and related classes once they are placed.
Applications for the Judicial Clinic will be due in mid to late February, date TBD, for the joint application process where judges select students from a pool. A few judges ask students to apply directly to them; they are: U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Matheson; U.S. District Court Judges Kimball, Parrish, Shelby & Waddoups; Utah Supreme Court Justice Lee; U.S Immigration Court judges. Students may not simultaneously be applicants in the joint pool process and in the direct application process.
Students may enroll in only ONE clinic during Summer Session. If a student is not placed in his/her first choice of clinic, there may be an opportunity to choose a different clinic.