Independent clinicals are a great opportunity for students to explore a unique subject area that is not duplicative of work done by existing clinics. (Learn more about our wide range of clinics on the HLS website.)
That said, there are a number of requirements to consider:
- Independent clinicals require a substantial amount of student initiative, planning, and responsibility.
- Independent clinicals are contingent upon approval from the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs via a selective application process.
- Before contacting organizations, all applicants must meet with Elaine McArdle from the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs for an initial discussion to see if the applicant’s independent clinical project ideas fit the program criteria.
- Applicants should not make any definitive commitments with organizations until their application is submitted and approved.
- Projects must be comprised of legal work and supervised by a licensed attorney.
- The HLS faculty sponsor should have expertise in the subject area of the applicant’s project.
- Winter clinical work is 40 hours/week for 3 weeks, 120 hours total, for 2 clinical credits.
- Additional equirements include credit/fail grading, weekly progress reports, and a 15-page academic paper.
And here’s another very important requirement: Independent clinical applications for the winter term are due Tue, Nov 1. No extensions. No exceptions.
So if you’re interested in applying for an independent clinical for winter term 2012, please contact Elaine McArdle as soon as possible. In the meantime, visit the HLS website to learn more about independent clinicals and other clinical opportunities.