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 multi-system advocacy. 3Ls can engage in all types of advocacy, including appearing in state court as Rule 9 Legal Interns.

CAYAC will 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?; 2) How can we secure the rights of children and youth within the child welfare system?; and 3) How can we assist children whose families are at risk of separation due to the enhanced risk of deportation?

All three quarters must be taken to be granted credit for the Clinic (4-5-3). Required class time and office hours are as follows: Fall—4 &12; Winter—2 & 15; Spring—2 & 9. Student teams meet with their faculty supervisor weekly during office hours.

Students must have taken or be prepared to take the Child Advocacy Seminar in the Fall (concurrently with the Clinic).

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)

NOTE: 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.

Submission of a current resume is optional.


Students in this year-long Clinic will represent people in immigration cases in administrative hearings before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and adversarial removal hearings at the Immigration Court, principally at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. The Clinic’s goal is to give students the opportunity to be "first-chair" counsel, under the Clinic Director’s supervision, working in teams of two. The clinic prioritizes representing detained persons, who may be applying for asylum or other forms of relief from deportation before an Immigration Judge. That said, given USCIS and Court scheduling, and the academic calendar, students may work on a variety of different types of cases, including applications for citizenship, residency, or possibly appeals of removal orders.

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 clients.

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 2018
  2. Students who rank the Immigration Clinic their #1 in priority on their online "Clinic Request" form during preregistration;
  3. Students with interest or experience in immigration law, or a desire to practice immigration law;
  4. 3Ls who have not taken a clinic;
  5. Language skills, as needed for any current clients.

In addition to the application, submission of a current resume is required. The Clinic Director may also interview the applicants.


For 2017-2018 this clinic will select students with regard to:

  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; both quarters are required. 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 fifteen 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.


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 2017-18, 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.


The Worker’s Right Clinic is offered through a partnership with Seattle University School of Law and the Fair Work Center. Students in the Worker’s Rights Clinic will help low wage workers understand and enforce their workplace rights. Though the clinic will offer services to all workers, special emphasis will be placed on understanding and enforcing Seattle’s minimum wage, paid sick and safe leave and ban-the-box protections.

Students will engage in three major areas of client work: (1) initial interviews with workers to help with issue identification and legal information; (2) periodic community clinics, providing counseling and brief advice to workers; and (3) representation of workers in employment claims through an administrative or judicial processes. Students may also work on policy advocacy and impact litigation. While students are engaged in this representation, students will also study foundational employment doctrine, reinforce their skill development, and examine the causes and consequences of income inequality in the United States.

Criteria for selection of students to fill Clinic seats:

  1. Demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights;
  2. Recommended courses*;
  3. Language ability other than English.

* Labor Law, Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, Professional Responsibility

NOTE: This clinic is offered at Seattle University School of Law as part of UW Law’s exchange program. Seminar sessions are held at Seattle U. and client meetings at the Fair Work Center and SU. In addition to seminar sessions, students should expect to spend at least 10 hours per week on client meetings, follow up and case work. This does not include the travel time.

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