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Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic
School of Law Annex
1215 E. Columbia
Seattle, WA 98122-4340
(206) 398-4130
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  • Students may not take more than one clinic in a semester. Also, students may not take an externship and a clinic course in the same semester. Students are welcome to sign onto any number of wait lists, but can be registered in only one clinic or externship.
  • Students may take a combination of clinical and externship courses subject to the following cap: 21 credits for students with a GPA in the top half of the class, and 15 credits for students with a GPA in the lower half of the class. 
  • Students in clinics involving Superior Court litigation (Youth Advocacy Clinic, Consumer Protection Clinic, Incarcerated Parents Advocacy Clinic) must obtain a limited license to engage in the practice of law pursuant to Rule 9 of the Washington Admission to Practice Rules. To obtain such a license, a student must be in good standing and have completed, by the end of the semester or summer session before the course, 60 credit hours of study (full-time students), or 56 credit hours of study (part-time students).

Conflicts of Interest

As a functioning law office, the Law Clinic must comply with all rules governing conflicts of interest. Because the Law Clinic is a single entity, any student enrolling in any clinic course must be screened for conflicts with respect to any of the clinic’s work. Thus, no student can enroll in any clinical course while also working (in any capacity, for pay or not) for an organization which is adverse to any of the clinic’s clients.

Every student considering enrollment in a Clinic course should read the policy on conflicts related to outside employment.

Policy on Services for Limited English Proficient Clients

The Law Clinic is committed to providing high-quality services to all clients without regard to proficiency in English. The Clinic and its students, faculty, and staff have an obligation to identify barriers to representation of individual clients on the basis of language and to affirmatively take steps to overcome them. This policy is intended to set out the Clinic's plans for addressing the language assistance needs of clients who are not proficient in English, including organizational clients.

Please read our policy on services for limited english proficient clients.