Due to the nature of clinical work, some students may be invited back by a clinic for another semester to complete cases/projects and perform advanced clinical work. With approval of the clinic, continuing clinicals allow a student to continue their clinical work into subsequent semesters and across academic years. Independent clinical projects are not eligible for continuing clinical credit. Students must have the consent of the clinical supervisor and Clinical Faculty Director in order for the Continuing Clinical application to be reviewed.
First, discuss your interest in continuing clinical work with your supervisor well in advance of the application deadlines. Clinics often have limited slots for continuing clinical students. If you are invited back by the clinic for a continuing clinical semester, you and your clinic must determine the likely projects or cases you will work on during the semester of continuing clinical work before filling out a continuing clinical application.
Winter 2017: November 1, 2016
Spring 2017: January 13, 2017
When completing the application, be sure to describe in detail the upcoming cases/projects you’ll work on during the semester. Also, be sure to obtain the signatures of your supervising attorney and the clinic’s faculty director before submitting the application to the Clinical and Pro Bono Office.
Applications with insufficient case/project information and applications with missing signatures will be returned to the student for revision. If approved, students will be notified by email and automatically registered by the Office Clinical and Pro Bono Programs.
Students must complete the required number of clinical hours in order to receive academic credit. Every clinical credit is equivalent to 4 hours per week. Continuing clinicals are limited to either 2 or 3 clinical credits.
Students should be sensitive to issues of client confidentiality when submitting any written document or evaluation. Client names and any other identifying information should not be included in course papers or evaluations.
Your experiences and opinions are extremely important to our continuing efforts to improve the quality of clinical legal education at Harvard Law School and to determine the appropriateness and effectiveness of specific placements. Therefore, at the end of the semester, students are required to complete a Placement Evaluation to assess the placement organization, the supervision received, and the value of the clinical experience. You will help us most by being as frank, specific, and constructive as possible. Your responses will not affect grading, as the information reported will not be reviewed outside of the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs until after the semester’s grading process has been completed. Faculty directors of the clinics will receive evaluations after grades are submitted and all of your identifying personal information is removed from the evaluation.
The clinical evaluations are completed online through the Public Service Job Database. (Log in using your HLS email username and password.) You will receive an email from our office at the end of the semester with a web link to the clinical evaluation.
Continuing clinicals must be done for at least 2 clinical credits. There is a maximum of 16 clinical credits you can take during law school. For questions, talk to the Clinical office prior to applying. Independent clinicals are not eligible for continuing clinical work.
Continuing clinical work must be done at the same clinic and you must have a licensed attorney supervisor directly responsible for your clinical work. Supervisors are expected to write a detailed evaluation of the student’s work at the end of the semester for submission to the Clinical Faculty Director and the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs.
The clinical grading method (H/P/LP/F or Credit/Fail) is determined by the Clinical Faculty Director, and must be uniform for all continuing students in the same clinic. Supervising attorneys recommend a grade to the Clinical Faculty Director, who will take it and the supervisor evaluations into account when assigning the continuing clinical grade.