Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can apply? Anyone who will be a full time 2L or 3L, or a part time 3L or 4L in 2021-2022 may apply to Clinic.

  • When can I apply? From Thursday, February 18th at 5:00 p.m. until Monday, March 8th at 11:59 p.m. (before midnight).

  • How do I apply? The application will be posted on the Clinic website when it is open. Please remember to save your work as you go and click "Submit" to submit your application.

  • Can I apply to multiple clinics? Yes, the application allows you to rank as many clinics as you like in order of interest. We try to place students in their highest choice clinic possible.

  • How are Clinic students selected? Most clinics select students by lottery, sometimes with adjustments on the margins to account for particular students’ backgrounds and expertise that would add to the seminar group and benefit the clinic as a whole. We aim to offer a clinic opportunity to as many students as possible before they graduate, and we encourage students to be flexible about their options if they do not get their first choice placement.

  • Are there things I cannot do while in Clinic? We have a blanket conflict policy that prohibits students form working for certain employers and internship/externship placements while in Clinic. Please review the conflict policy before you apply.

  • How much time will I spend on Clinic work? In addition to seminar and class prep time, we estimate that students spend, on average, 20 hours per week on their case work. Some weeks, you may work much more than that; other weeks, you may work less. You should view Clinic as a demanding part-time job.

  • Can I do multiple clinics during my time at WCL? Yes, students who participate in a one-semester clinic during their 2L (or part-time 3L) year may enroll in another one-semester clinic during their 3L (or part-time 4L) year. At this time, students who have participated in a full-year clinic may not enroll in another clinic while at WCL.

  • If I don’t get into a clinic at first, will there be a waitlist? Yes. We typically place many students from the waitlist.

  • What if I change my mind about participating in Clinic after accepting a spot? Students may only withdraw from clinic with instructor permission and for good cause. By accepting a spot in Clinic, you are agreeing not to transfer to another law school or seek a conflicting job or externship.

  • Where can I learn more about the Clinic? Look at the individual clinic descriptions and news items on this site, and follow our social media feeds using the buttons at the bottom of this page.