Clinical Program – Summer Term

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/.

Credit/Work RequirementsA student completes 50 hours of relevant legal work for every 1 credit (pass/fail) awarded.  Most clinic placements require 100 or 150 hours of work in a semester and receive 2 or 3 credits, but additional credit (up to 5 credits/250 hours) may be arranged. Summer session is 10 – 14 weeks long, and clinic work should be spread throughout the period, with a minimum of ten weeks.  Thus, a three-credit placement requires 150 hours of work or approximately 15 hours per week over 10 weeks.  Students keep time logs and complete 3 reports per semester. A student may earn up to 14 credits toward graduation from clinical placements.  This credit limitation does not include graded credit received for participation in the accompanying academic course.

Placement: In most cases the Clinical Program arranges the placement for the student relying on longstanding community partners.  Occasionally a judge solicits individual applications. If a student has a unique educational interest that is not addressed by the existing curriculum or placements, an individual placement may be arranged. That student should meet with the Clinical Program Director or Associate Director to explore this possibility.

Applications will be outside Clinical Program Office Room 3302 beginning in mid-February and should be returned to Kay Shelton in that office. Applications for the Judicial Clinic are usually due in late February.  Students may apply for and enroll in only ONE clinic during Summer Session.  If a student is not placed in his/her first choice of clinic, there will be an opportunity to choose a different clinic.  Kay enrolls students in all clinics and related classes.

Available Clinics

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.  Placements count towards Public Interest Certificate.

  • Course: Lawyering Skills Survey (3 cr., graded).
  • Placements (2 5 cr., P/F): Students will 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, and other offices as may be approved from year-to-year.

Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic:  In-house clinic in which students represent individuals in tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service from initial interview through negotiation and/or litigation. Year-long commitment preferred. Counts toward Public Interest Certificate. Summer session students also enroll in Course: Lawyering Skills Survey (3 cr., graded).

Judicial Clinic:  The Judicial Clinic places students to serve as “interns” or part-time clerks, typically for 2 or 3 credits. (Third year students may elect a fulltime externship.)  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):  U.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.
  • INDIVIDUAL DIRECT APPLICATIONS TO THESE JUDGESJudge Kimball, Judge Parrish, Judge Shelby, and Judge Waddoups (U.S. District Court), Justice Lee (Utah Supreme Court), U.S. Immigration Court, and Judge Matheson (U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals).

Arranged Clinic, Hinckley Global Clinic, and Hinckley Washington D.C. Clinic:  Arranged clinic placements may include Utah Labor Commission, UU Athletic Compliance Office, and other placements upon approval. Hinckley Global and Hinckley Washington D.C. placements are arranged directly by the student or in conjunction with the Hinckley Institute of Politics and must be approved by Professor Linda Smith for clinical credit.  Course: Lawyering Skills Survey (3 cr., graded).   Hinckley Clinics also require Hinckley graduate course (3 cr., graded).  These clinics are not eligible for the Public Interest Certificate.

Other Clinics:  The following Clinics may be open to rising 3L students who have completed the necessary pre-requisites: Appellate Clinic, Environmental Clinic, Health Law Clinic, Legislative Clinic, or Mediation Clinic.