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Clinics

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FAQ’s for Prospective Students

What are the Clinical Programs?

The Clinical Programs operate as a public interest law firm located within the University of Mississippi School of Law. It is comprised of seven on-site clinics, two off-site clinics, a pro bono program, and an externship program. The firm includes three criminal law clinics, the Criminal Appeals Clinic, the Mississippi Innocence Project, and the MacArthur Justice Clinic. The firm’s civil clinics include the Housing Law Clinic, Elder Law Clinic, Street Clinic, Tax, and Transactional Clinic. Students in clinical externships choose from a broad range of civil and criminal law placements in government and public interest offices. You can read more about each clinic on the individual clinic pages. 

What do Clinic students do?

Students in each represent clients under the supervision of clinic professors. The clinics combine casework, individual supervision and classroom seminars to provide a comprehensive, hands-on experience. Working in a clinic is a capstone experience that brings together the substantive and procedural law that you have learned and the practice skills you develop in skills training courses. Students in externships work in a practice setting under the supervision of an experienced attorney or judge.

How much time will I need to commit to a clinic?

How many credits will I get for being in Clinic?

Students may receive 3-5 credit hours, depending on the clinic in which they are enrolled. Please check the Clinical Programs Matrix for more information about each clinic’s hours and prerequisites.

How are grades determined?

Students are evaluated based on participation in classroom seminars and related exercises, quality of representation provided to clients, and overall reliability and professionalism. Clinical externships and the Pro Bono Credit Hour are Z- graded.

Who teaches the Clinic seminars and supervises the student attorneys?

Each clinical course is taught and supervised by highly skilled clinical or adjunct faculty members or practictioners who are experienced, respected experts in their fields.

Who may enroll in a Clinic?

Most clinics are open to second and third year students. However, a few are limited to third-year students. Please check the Clinical Programs Matrix for more information about each clinic’s hours and prerequisites. Because registration is competitive and spaces are limited, first priority is given to third-year students who have not previously enrolled in a clinic. 

How do I apply to join a clinic?

The Clinical Programs registration for the following YEAR takes place in the Spring semester, before regular registration. To apply, fill out a registration form in the above section. You will be asked to list your top four choices, in order of preference and to state the semester(s) in which you are available. APPLYING EARLY does NOT give you an advantage. All applications are reviewed together. You will be notified by email in advance of registration if you have been enrolled in a clinic for the upcoming year.

PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION FOR THE TAX CLINIC OCCURS IN THE FALL AND THAT REGISTRATION FOR A CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP IS BY CONTACTING THE CLINICAL PROFESSOR.

What are the chances of getting in my first choice clinic?

The Clinical Programs were able to enroll ALL third-year, first time students in the clinic of their first or second choice for the 2014-15 year, and were able to enroll all but 10 second-year students in the clinic of their first or second choice.

Can I take more than one clinic?

Yes, students may enroll in two clinics during law school. However, we give first priority to persons who have not previously enrolled in a clinic. Many students enroll in both an in-house clinic and an externship.

Students may not enroll in two in-house clinics in the same semester, and may not enroll in an in-house clinic and externship in the same semester.

 


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