Students may not take more than one clinic, or a clinic and an externship, in the same semester. However, students can register for multiple waitlists. This rule is established to:
ensure students have time to effectively represent clients in clinics
ensure all students can access clinics
minimize conflicts of client interests
Students may register for no more than 15 clinical credits during law school. "Clinical Credits" include both Clinic Course and Externship credits.
Unless a student takes a full-time externship (15 credits), students may not take more than 8 externship credits.
To take the Family Law, Predatory Lending, and Youth Advocacy Clinics, students must be eligible to appear in court under Rule 9 of the Washington Rules of Practice.
You 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 (except Arts Legal and Bankruptcy) must be screened for conflicts with respect to any of the Clinic’s work.
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.
Students may not work for a prosecutor’s office while enrolled in any clinic course because the Youth Advocacy Clinic collaborates with The Defender Association as defense counsel on cases.
Consult with clinic faculty to be sure your employment or other activities will not present conflicts of interest.
Please refer to the Ronald A. Peterson Clinic section for more information about Clinical programs, Course Descriptions, and policy.