Clinics Frequently Asked Questions

Clinics allow students to inhabit the role of a lawyer and all that it entails, including responsibility for clients in real legal matters, under close supervision of a faculty member focused on the student’s learning. This unique opportunity gives students a chance to understand how to practice law before they graduate from law school. Students in clinics will be certified under the Georgia Student Practice Rule. The clinic structure allows students to draw upon and further develop their substantive knowledge, doctrinal reasoning, lawyering skills, ethical engagement and professional identity.
As with all courses, effective time management is essential. Students are not prohibited from working while enrolled in a clinic. However the clinics serve clients,  and must ensure there are no conflicts of interest presented by a student’s outside employment, that the clients’ needs are being met and that the clients’ interests are protected. You should discuss your work schedule with the clinic professor prior to enrollment. Students should fully disclose and discuss all potential conflicts of interest. The clinic will decide if the conflict is sufficient to disqualify the student.
The work will vary depending upon the clinic. However, all in-house clinics offer students the opportunity to work on their own cases, interview and counsel clients, draft documents and engage in other lawyering tasks, such as appearing before tribunals, under supervision with multiple opportunities for feedback.
Students in the in-house clinics are assigned to their own cases and work under the supervision of law faculty or a supervising attorney.
The goal for students is learning for “transfer.” Students learn multiple skills in the context of real-life experiences and receive a high degree of supervision and feedback on their performance. Through intensive supervision, feedback and reflection, students learn and are able to transfer their learning to new situations and environments. Thus, even though there may not be a clinic that directly addresses a particular subject matter of interest, the knowledge and skills a student learns in clinic are transferable to any kind of legal work.
A specific desire to practice in the area of law handled by a particular clinic is not necessary. Clinics and other experiential courses are the perfect opportunity for students to explore potential areas of interest. Many students enroll in clinics to gain the skills experience, regardless of the subject matter, and after participating in a clinic or other course, they find their interest. 
All clinics have a classroom seminar as well as specific requirements for office hours during which students work on cases and serve clients. The total hours required depends upon the type of clinic offered, the credit hours, and other factors, including the complexity of the work. Students may be required to spend a minimum of seven to 10 hours per week on clinic work outside of class time. To find out the requirements for individual clinics, consult the director of the clinic in which you are interested. 
Here is a list of the professors who teach in the clinical and externship courses.
In most cases, students may not drop a clinic once enrolled if that clinic requires students to sign an enrollment agreement. This is because the course component of the clinic cannot be filled by others who may have accepted other commitments. To withdraw after signing the agreement, students must receive permission from the clinic’s director.
All students are eligible to take clinics if they meet the eligibility criteria. The Investor Advocacy Clinic works well for part-time students as its class is offered in the evening. Part-time students also have enrolled in the other clinics.
There is no cap on the number of clinics or experiential courses a student may take. However, students may only take six credit hours of externships, which is the equivalent of two semesters.
Other than the prerequisites noted for individual courses, students are typically eligible for application and enrollment in a clinic after successful completion of all first-year required courses. 
The in-house clinics are one semester. Students may take up to two semesters of the Health Law Partnership (HeLP) Clinic, Investor Advocacy Clinic and the Philip C. Cook Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. There is no limit on the number of clinic credits that a student may earn.

External clinics are one year long.

In-house clinics are graded. External clinics are pass/fail. 
The in-house clinics are four credit hours per semester.  The external clinics are a total of six credits for the year.
Enrollment in the in-house clinics is by application each fall and spring. Access the application form.
It depends upon demand. Students may apply for all three in-house clinics at the same time and indicate their order of preference.
Students can take more than one clinic. There is no restriction on the number of clinic credits a student may earn. Students may not enroll in more than one clinic at the same time.
Yes. If you are not accepted, the individual clinics maintain a wait list. Students are taken off the wait list as slots become available.