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How Do Clinical Credits Work?

Students enrolled in a clinic receive clinical credit for their clinical enrollment and classroom credit for their clinical course component enrollment.

Many clinics have variable credits, which allows students to elect how many credits they would like to enroll for (generally from a range of 3 to 5 clinical credits).

Each clinical credit equals five hours of clinical work per week or 48 hours per semester.

Terms available Clinical Credits Hours of work per week Hours of work per semester
Fall, Spring 2 clinical credits 8 hours/week 96 hours
Fall, Spring 3 clinical credits 12 hours/week 144 hours
Fall, Spring 4 clinical credits 16 hours/week 192 hours
Fall, Spring 5 clinical credits 20 hours/week 240 hours

Over winter term, students receive 2 clinical credits. Students must be in residence working full-time at their placements, from the first day of winter term through the last day of winter term.

Changing Clinical Credits

Students may take up to 16 clinical credits throughout their time at HLS.

Students may adjust their clinical credits (if applicable) through Helios up until the clinic’s add/drop deadline. To learn how, please read the instructions on the Change Clinical Credits section of our website.

After the clinics’ add/drop deadline, students can request a change to their clinical credits by emailing Maggie Bay in the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs up until the following dates:

Fall 2017 – October 10, 2017

Spring 2018 – February 20, 2018

After the above dates, all clinical credit changes must be requested by your direct clinical supervisor and submitted by e-mail to Maggie Bay.

Winter-Spring clinical students may adjust their spring clinical credits up until the above spring clinical credit change deadline.