Selection Criteria of Clinics Choosing Students by Application

CHILDREN AND YOUTH ADVOCACY CLINIC

This Clinic (CAYAC) involves the representation of young people, the majority of whom are between the ages of 10 and 18. For 2014-15, CAYAC will have two main areas of emphasis: motion practice in the child welfare context designed to establish the child’s right to counsel; and the advising/representation of homeless youth. CAYAC also has a few open cases from prior years involving immigrant youth and youth aging out of foster care.

CAYAC engages in both direct representation in court requiring Rule 9 status and community lawyering in which Rule 9 status is not as essential. Rule 9 eligible 3Ls are preferred in the Clinic student selection process.

All slots are filled by application. If you have volunteered with SYLAW or OUTLAWs, please be sure to note this on your application; particularly for those who are not Rule 9 eligible, this experience is relevant. Submission of a current resume is optional.

ENTREPRENEURIAL LAW CLINIC

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: Advising Privately-Owned Businesses (T525) OR Business Organizations (A515) OR The Law of Nonprofit Corporations (E514).
  2. IP Track: IP Survey (P567) OR IP Law Core (P501)
  3. Tax Track: Basic Income Tax (A530) OR Taxation of Corporations & Shareholders (T501) OR Taxation of Partners and Partnerships (T511) OR Exempt Organizations (T512)

Submission of a resume is optional

INNOCENCE PROJECT NORTHWEST CLINIC

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.

A current resume is required in addition to the application.

INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS CLINIC

The International Human Rights clinic will be offered for the second year during 2014-15. 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.

LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY CLINIC

This Clinic consists of the Children & Youth Advocacy (CAYLAC) and Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW) tracks. Students select one of the two on their applications.

  1. Graduating year (preference to 3Ls)
  2. Previous Clinic experience (preference to none)
  3. History of involvement with child and family issues (preference to yes - CAYLAC track only)
  4. History of policy work (not necessary, but a plus factor)
  5. Connection between policy work and professed career goals
  6. Enrollment in classes related to this area (Juvenile Justice, Child Advocacy - CAYLAC track only)
  7. Criminal justice system or IPNW Student Chapter experience preferred but not required (IPNW track only)

MEDIATION CLINIC (2L applicants only)

This clinic consists of two sections: Autumn-Winter and Winter-Spring. Up to two of the eight Mediation Clinic spaces in each 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.

REGULATORY ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY CLINIC

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. Submission of a current resume is optional.

TECHNOLOGY LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY CLINIC

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 shall be 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 questions on the application form. Face-to-face or telephone interviews with applicants may be held.

No resumes are accepted.

TOOLS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: RACE AND JUSTICE CLINIC

This Clinic will develop and require creativity and a broad array of skills—so diversity of thought and perspectives will be sought. 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. An interest in youth is also a plus.

TRIBAL COURT PUBLIC DEFENSE CLINIC (2L applicants only)

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.

Last updated 4/4/2014