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Clinic Eligibility and Registration

​​Welcome to Clinic Registration! This site provides students information and materials for all year-long and semester-long clinics for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Clinic Application Process

Due to the class size and to avoid class scheduling conflicts, the DePaul Law Legal Clinics have a priority application​ deadline.  At this time, the DePaul Law Legal Clinics are now full for the ​Spring 2019 semester and the application period is now closed.  Please apply again next semester and thank you for your consideration.

Important Dates

October 22
at 10:00 a.m.
The Spring 2019 clinic registration opens​
​November 5
at 10:00 a.m.
Priority application deadline closes.  Please note that most of our Legal Clinics are oversubscribed so we encourage you to apply during the Priority Application Period for your best option to be accepted into your preferred Legal Clinic.​
November 5 - 9​ Clinic application review.​
​November 9
at 5:00 p.m.
Notification of acceptance or denial to students.​
​November 12  College of Law registration begins.  Student should accept/reje​ct offers directly to clinic.​

Clinic Supplemental Material

Below please find information about each of our eight clinics. Please read these materials carefully, as some include specific requirements. For more information, visit each clinic’s website.
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​Legal ​​Clini​​cs​
# of Credits​ Time-frame​ 711 Required​ ​Interview Required ​Accepts JD Evening Students ​Field clinic/
​in-house/on-site clinic
Estimated outside-of-class work​ per week (hours) ​Subject Matter​

​Asylum & Refugee​

​​3 (+6 in spring​) ​Two Semester ​No ​Yes ​Yes ​In-house ​10-15 for 3 credits; 20-25 for 6 credits ​US immigration law and practice, with a particular focus on US asylum 
Skills Gained: ​Prepare defenses to deportation or applications for relief including immigration applications and supporting documents; interview and counsel clients; work with experts; research human rights issues and U.S. substantive and procedural law; draft a​fidavits and legal arguments; and develop trial skills and ot​her public presentation skills.​​

​Business Law

​4 (+4 in spring) ​Two Semester ​No ​​​No ​No ​In-house ​A minimum of 8, although the hours requirements will increase or decrease each week depending on client needs. ​Counsel to small and mid-size businesses, including entrepreneurs from the Business School's Coleman Entrepreneurship Center.
​​​​​​​​Skills Gained: ​Transactional, including contract drafting, in-person and written client counseling, business law legal research and analysis; general business and corporate law.

Civil Litigation​

​3 ​One Semester ​No ​No ​Yes ​In-house ​5-10 ​Eviction and employment lawsuits; administrative hearings; consumer law and breach of contract lawsuits. 
Skills Gained: Interview clients and witnesses, draft and analyze pleadings, discovery requests, discovery responses, and motions, and will engage in settlement negotiations, and trial work.

Civil Rights

​4 (+4 in spring) ​Two Semester ​Yes ​No ​Yes Field Clinic ​5-10 ​Police or prison misconduct as well other claims involving race, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. 
​​​​​​​​Skills Gained: ​Interview plaintiffs, witnesses and potential new clients; develop the theory of a case; research and draft legal briefs, motions and written discovery; take and defend depositions; find and work with expert witnesses; and attend court appearances, hearings and trial. 

Criminal Appeals

​3 ​One Semester ​No ​No ​Yes ​In-house 5-10​ ​Criminal Defense
​​​​​​​​​Skills Gained: Review the record from trial; confer with the client; research the law to provide support for their theories; and draft and file a brief.

Immigration Law

​3 ​One Semester (fall) ​No ​Yes ​Yes ​In-house ​10-15 ​US Immigration Law
​​​​​​​​Skills Gained: ​Interview clients; assess eligibility for immigration benefits; prepare applications and supporting documents; counsel clients on options; prepare substantive law training for community-based organizations

Misdemeanor

​4 ​One Semester ​Yes ​No ​Yes ​In-house ​5-10 ​Criminal Defense
​​​​​​​​Skills Gained: ​Client interview; client education and advice at different stages of the case; all aspects of motion and trial preparation; case-specific legal research, investigation techniques and strategies; witness preparation; negotiation with the government; and preparation for a bench or jury trial. 

​Technology/Intellectual Property (TIP®​Field Clinic)

TBA One Semester No No Yes Field Clinic TBA ​Transactional services in the areas of patent, trademark and copyright law, internet, data protection and privacy.
​​Skills Gained: ​Conduc​t client interviews, research facts and law, counsel clients, draft communications to clients and to third parties, and strategize how to achieve the clients​' goals.​
Legal Clinic Table​

FAQ

Why should I consider a Legal Clinic?

​The Legal Clinics provide an opportunity to gain hands-on lawyering experience. Our clinical faculty are experienced attorneys with expertise in their fields. You will provide legal counsel to real clients who need help with real legal issues.

The Legal Clinics are also a chance to give back to the community and contribute to DePaul’s Vincentian mission. Most of our clients are from the local community and lack access to quality, affordable legal representation. 

Who are the clients we serve?

The vast majority of our clients are indigent individuals and families who cannot afford a private, fee-paid attorney. Most of our clients are referred to our clinics through legal aid agencies, community organizations, or courts that have established partnerships with us. ​​​

Who is eligible to enroll in a Legal Clinic?

Second and third year JD students are eligible to enroll, depending on which clinic you are interested, and if a 711 license is required. Thus, rising 2L and rising 3L students are eligible to apply.​

Who is NOT eligible to enroll in a Legal Clinic?

​1L students (including Two-Year JD students who are in their first year of studies) are not eligible for clinical courses. MJ students may not take clinical courses. 

Some clinics have prerequisites and co-requisites; please che​ck the clinic descriptions for more information. 

How do I enroll in a clinical course?

To apply, you must visit our website at go.depaul.edu/legalclinic and submit the application form along with your resume. All of our clinics enroll by permission only. Students cannot enroll directly in a Legal Clinic on their own during the registration period, but must apply, be accepted and then enroll.

What documents do I need to apply?

Your resume in pdf format should be submitted as part of your application. Include your name e.g. Josh Clark _ Resume.​

When is the Legal Clinic registration?

The Legal Clinics have a Priority Application Period ending with a Priority Application Deadline. Applicants who apply by the Priority Application Deadline will be considered first for open slots. For most of our clinics, all open slots are filled during by applications received by the Priority Application Deadline.
 
If there are open slots available after the Priority Application Deadline, applications received after the Priority Application Deadline will be reviewed and processed in the order of receipt. Since our clinics are generally oversubscribed, we strongly encourage you to apply during the Priority Application Period for your best chance to be accepted into your preferred clinic.

The Priority Application Period and Deadline will be posted on the Legal Clinics website. For your reference, the Priority Application Period and Deadline are generally the 2nd and 3rd week in March for Fall semester registration and the 2nd and 3rd week in October for Spring registration, though that timing might shift by a week or so depending on the specific dates of law school registration.​ ​

What Legal Clinics accept applicants for the Fall and Spring Semesters?

Spring semester application for Fall enrollment:

Year-long clinics

o   Asylum and Refugee

o   Business Law  

o   Civil Rights Field Clinic

One-semester clinics

o   ​Civil Litigation

o   Criminal Appeals

o   Immigration

o   Misdemeanor​

o   TIP® Field Clinic (Tentative for Spring 2019)

 

Fall semester application for Spring enrollment:

One-semester clinics​

o   Civil Litigation

o   Criminal Appeals

o   Misdemeanor​

o   TIP® Field Clinic (Tentative for Spring 2019)


Please note the year-long clinics do not take new applicants for the Spring semester. ​

What happens if I miss the Priority Application Deadline?

Students applying after the Priority Application Deadline will only be considered for Legal Clinics with slots that remain open after the Priority Application Deadline. Please note that most of our Legal Clinics are oversubscribed so we encourage you to apply during the Priority Application Period for your best option to be accepted into your preferred Legal Clinic.

Please DO NOT email the clinical professor asking for a spot or if they are still taking applications. If you have questions about which clinics have available slots, please either visit our website for updated information or email the legal clinic at depaullegalclinic@depaul.edu  

What happens after I submit my application?

The legal clinic staff reviews your application and sends it to the professor for review. The professor makes the final determination of which applicants to accept into the clinic. You will be notified of whether your application was accepted, placed on a wait-list or declined. 

What does it mean if my application is put on a Wait-List?

Applications received by the Priority Application Deadline will be reviewed first. Those applicants will either be accepted into the clinic, placed on a Wait-List for the clinic the student applied to, or declined. If a student who was accepted into a clinic does not enroll or withdraws from that clinic, students on the Wait-List will be admitted prior to applications received after the Priority Application Deadline.

When do I hear back?

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance decision no later than the Friday prior to the date of the College of Law registration. Please visit the College of Law website for its registration information and date.

Can I apply to more than one Legal Clinic?

Yes, you can apply to a maximum of two Legal Clinics during the Priority Application Period, but you must list your first and second choice on your application. Students will be considered for their first choice clinic prior to being considered for their second choice clinic. 

May I speak to someone or request a tour?

Yes, you have three choices: Email us at depaullegalclinic@depaul.edu, call us at 312-362-8294, or visit us at the DePaul Legal Clinics. We are located in in the O’Malley building on the 10th floor (please note, our offices are only accessible via the O’Malley elevators). Feel free to stop by and request a tour or contact us for more information!

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