Selection Criteria of Clinics Choosing Students by Application


While 3Ls are given preference, CAYAC is open to 2Ls as well. 2Ls may be partnered with 3Ls on direct representation work. 2Ls may also be given the opportunity to engage in a number of projects that seek to move forward the interests of our client communities through legislative reform, outreach and listening, research and investigation, and developing extra-judicial strategies to advance social justice for our client communities. 3Ls can engage in all types of advocacy, including appearing in state court as Rule 9 Legal Interns.

CAYAC will partner with community organizations to focus on the following critical social justice questions and direct service needs: 1) How can we best work towards meeting the needs of children, youth and families struggling with homelessness?; and 2) How can we secure the rights of children and youth within the child welfare system?

Students must have taken or be prepared to take the Child Advocacy Seminar in the Fall. Students who wish to do Advanced Writing in this area are also welcome to extend their participation in the Child Ad Seminar to the Winter quarter.

Submission of a current resume is optional.


Enrolled students pursue one of three tracks. Preference with regard to selection for enrollment in each track is given to students with advanced courses beyond the prerequisite in the subject area. The prerequisites for each track are:

  1. Business Law Track: Business Organizations (A515) OR The Law of Nonprofit Corporations (E514)
  2. IP Track: IP Survey (P567) OR IP Law Core (P501)
  3. Tax Track: Advising Privately-Owned Businesses (T525) OR Taxation of Corporations & Shareholders (T501) OR Taxation of Partners and Partnerships (T511) OR Taxation of S Corporations (T518) OR Exempt Organizations (T512)

Students who want to participate in the USPTO Law School Clinic Certification Program in Trademarks must take a one credit graded tutorial in the fall quarter.

In addition to the application, submission of a current resume is required.


Students in this Clinic will represent immigrants facing removal or seeking asylum in two cases during the two-quarter enrollment term.

Even if you are not planning a career in the field of immigration law, do not hesitate to apply for the Clinic. In the Clinic you will develop a variety of professional skills, including client interviewing, fact investigation, specialized legal research, writing declarations and briefs, direct and cross examinations, and presenting opening and closing statements, while representing clinics in Immigration Court proceedings.

The criteria and priorities for filling Clinic slots are:

  1. Students who have taken Immigration Law (A577) or are registered for the course winter quarter 2017
  2. Students who rank the Immigration Clinic their #1 in priority on your online "Clinic Request" form during preregistration;
  3. Six 3Ls who have not taken a clinic;
  4. Two 2L students; and
  5. Your enrollment will contribute to a balanced mix of backgrounds and experience in the Clinic.

In addition to the application, submission of a current resume is required.


The IPNW Clinic seeks a mix of people with different backgrounds and experience. Don’t hesitate to apply to the IPNW Clinic even if you are not planning a career in criminal law.

Preference is given to 3Ls with no prior clinic experience and to students who have made substantial contributions to the IPNW Student Chapter.

In addition to the application, submission of a current resume is required.


The International Human Rights clinic will be offered for the fourth year during 2016-17. Up to six JD students will be selected through the application process, with additional slots being offered to LLM students during the fall. Students will be selected based on their:

  • application and interview
  • demonstrated interest in human rights or related subjects
  • language skills, as needed (Spanish is often a useful language for our projects)

In addition to the application, submission of a current resume and transcript is mandatory.


For 2016-2017 this clinic will focus on Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW) issues.

  1. Previous Clinic experience (preference to none)
  2. History of policy work (not necessary, but a plus factor)
  3. Connection between policy work and professed career goals
  4. Criminal justice system or IPNW Student Chapter experience preferred but not required

MEDIATION CLINIC (2L applicants only)

This clinic consists of one section: Autumn-Winter. Up to two of the eight Mediation Clinic spaces in this section may be reserved for 2Ls who have demonstrated:

  1. An interest in mediation or ADR through prior experience or a demonstrated career plan,
  2. An interest in participating in Advanced Clinic work in mediation or mediation externships.

A current resume is optional.


Prior experience with environmental and administrative law is not required but is preferred. Preference in this Clinic will be given to students who have taken the recommended courses, who have shown an interest in environmental or administrative law through work experience or externships, or who offer a strong connection between the Clinic and their career goals. All slots will be filled by application.

In addition to the application, submission of a current resume is required.


The Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic enrolls up to twelve students per academic year (please be aware that for purposes of continuity in policy making, selected students are strongly urged to participate in the clinic for all three quarters). If J.D. student applications exceed available slots, preference is given to third year students and the remaining slots will be filled by lottery. To be considered for the Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic, all students must answer the questions on the application form. Face-to-face or telephone interviews with applicants may be held.

Submission of a current resume is optional.


This Clinic will develop and require creativity and a broad array of skills—so diversity of thought and perspectives will be sought. Apply if you are interested in exploring different types of practice, from policy to litigation, particularly in education, juvenile justice, and criminal justice systems. For 2016-17, the Race and Justice Clinic will continue to engage with community partners to seek reform, will likely represent individuals who seek clemency or commutation, or relief from the collateral consequences of juvenile and adult convictions. Students are encouraged to bring their own ideas and to participate in case and project selection as we seek ways to use the law to achieve racial justice. 3Ls will be able to represent clients in court; 2Ls may be able to appear in non-court proceedings (e.g. school discipline, early release matters). Preference is given to students who have taken the recommended courses and who have an interest and commitment to using the law to further social change.


Acceptance into the clinic will be based on the following priority categories:

1st priority -- 3Ls with no prior clinic experience who select TCPDC as their first clinic choice on the online Clinic Requests Form. The TCPDC will admit all 3L applicants who are in this category up to the maximum enrollment. If 1st Priority applicants exceed the total enrollment space, all slots will be filled with 1st priority applicants by lottery.

2nd priority -- 2Ls who select TCPDC as their first clinic choice on the online Clinic Requests Form--selection will be based on space available. Historically, more 2Ls have applied than there are spaces available. Therefore, selections and waiting lists will be based on responses to the questions in the TCPDC application form and a mandatory student resume.

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in all three quarters is required and all students will be required to acknowledge in writing that they will participate in all three quarters of the Clinic or be ineligible to receive any credit for Fall and Winter quarters.

In addition to the application, submission of a current resume is required.


This two-quarter clinical course (0,5-4) is open to two (2) 3Ls. Students must commit to enrolling for the entire course and will receive credit for the course only upon completion of both quarters. Recommended courses are Employment Law, Evidence, Professional Responsibility and Trial Advocacy.

The criteria for filling the two Clinic spaces are:

  1. An interest or career plan in workers’ rights advocacy
  2. Completion of some or all of the recommended courses
  3. Fluency in a foreign language

NOTE: This clinic will be offered at Seattle University School of Law as part of UW Law’s exchange program with that school. Classes will be held at Seattle U. and client meetings at the Fair Work Center.

In addition to the application, the submission of a current resume is required.

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