The standard Clinics in the JD program are three-unit, upper-level elective courses, graded on a High Pass/Pass/Credit/Fail basis.
The following courses are open enrollment with ten seats available in each clinic. The coursework consists of a two-hour seminar once a week on campus, one hour of work on-site in the Clinical Education Program office, and six to eight hours of independent work.
Downtown Los Angeles Clinics
The following courses are open enrollment with ten seats available in each clinic. Students are expected to perform four hours of client intake per week at the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles. The remainder of the clinical work may be completed via a cloud-based management system.
Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic
The Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic requires an application. The Clinic requires a one-year commitment in which students, in teams of two, will represent a client in an appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Students who are interested must apply by preparing a
- statement of Interest, explaining the student's interest in appellate law,
- writing sample, and
- three references.
Only two new students are admitted each semester, selected based upon the following factors: a demonstrated interest in appellate law, excellent research and writing skills, and general academic excellence. Students may submit applications to Professor Curt Cutting.
Straus Institute and Palmer Center Clinics
The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution offers three clinics. Students should contact Straus and Professor Stephanie Bell Blondell for information about these clinics:
The Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law offers the Startup Law Clinic. Students should contact Palmer or Professor Sam Wu for information on registering for this clinic.