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. 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 cloud-based management system.
Legal Aid Clinic
Intake days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays
Low Income Taxpayer Clinic
Intake days are Mondays, Thursdays, or Fridays
Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic
The Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic is the only clinic that 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.
Straus Institute and Palmer Center Clinics