Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can apply? Anyone who will be a full time 2L or 3L, or a part time 3L or 4L in 2019-2020 may apply to Clinic.

  • When can I apply? From late January to mid-February of 2019.

  • How do I apply? Our application is online. Note that all applicants must attend at least one small group session before the end of the application period. The schedule, including registration links, will be posted in January.

  • Can I apply to multiple clinics? Yes, you can 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? Students are not permitted to participate simultaneously in Clinic and the Kovler Project Against Torture. We also have a blanket conflict policy that prohibits students form working for certain employers and internship/externship placements while in Clinic.

  • 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? At this time, we are unable to permit students to do more than one 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 off 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.