Law School Clinic

About the Clinical Programs

Attending Class

Each clinical course includes regularly scheduled classes designed to review the law and procedure relevant to the clinic's practice, and to engage students in classroom exercises designed to assist in developing the legal skills required to represent clients.

Prerequisite Requirements

Students may enroll in the Disability, Immigration, and Wrongful Conviction Clinics following completion of the first-year requirements.

To enroll in the Civil Practice, Criminal Defense, and Appellate Clinics, students also must satisfy the requirements of the Indiana Supreme Court rules for certification to practice law.

Indiana Supreme Court Rule 2.1 permits a law student to practice under the supervision of a licensed attorney. The student may perform in all respects as an attorney admitted to the bar if the student has successfully completed one-half or more of the credit hours required for graduation, is in good academic standing, has satisfactorily completed or is enrolled in Professional Responsibility (DN861) and is certified by the dean.

Program Credits

Students are required to spend 60 hours on clinic activities for each credit hour earned. Students enrolled for 3 credits will spend approximately 12-14 hours per week on clinic activities. Class time and time representing clients counts toward the 60 hour requirement. Clinics are offered durng the fall and spring semesters. The Appellate and Immigration Clinics are graded courses, and the other clinics are graded on a pass/fail basis.

Students may not enroll in more than one clinic per semester without the permission of the clinic faculty. The law school has a 12-credit restriction on clinical courses (these include internships and externships) and a 12-credit limitation on certain non-classroom electives. One-half of clinic credits count toward the latter limitation. For further information see: http://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/practice/ACRE.html