How to register for Fall 2021:
All students who wish to take the Clinic in the Fall of 2021 must meet minimum eligibility requirements (listed below) and register for the Clinic lottery in the following manner:
1. GET THE APPLICATION
Download a copy of the Clinic Registration Information Materials and the Clinic Lottery Sign-Up, Statement of Interest, and Preference Sheet below or obtain from Ashley Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THE APPLICATION
You must complete and return the Clinic Lottery Sign-Up, Statement of Interest, and Preference Sheet no later than 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in order to be included in the clinic lottery.
You will return the completed application via email to Ashley Peterson at ashley-n—email@example.com and Mishelle Eckland at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are responsible for making sure the email correspondence was received, either by a return receipt or an email confirmation from the Clinic.
3. CHECK THE RESULTS
The summer clinic lottery will be completed and the results posted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021.
4. ACCEPT YOUR SPOT
You must confirm that you accept the clinic position no later than 4:30 p.m. Mondayday, April 12, 2021. Failure to confirm in a timely manner means that the position will be offered to the next student in line for that position. You are responsible for confirming the position.
5. REGISTER FOR THE COURSE
Ashley Peterson and Mishelle Eckland will inform the registrar of your enrollment in the Clinic for your chosen amount of credit hours (LAW:9302).
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 7 by 4:30 pm
RESULTS POSTED: Friday, April 9 by 5:00 pm
ACCEPT POSITION: Monday, April 12 by 4:30 pm
A. Under the Iowa Student Practice Rule (Rule 31.15(1)) and the Student Practice Rule for the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa (Rule 83(h)), students are allowed to appear in court and otherwise represent clients in civil and criminal cases if they have completed the equivalent of three semesters of law school (a minimum of 39 credit hours). Students are eligible if they have completed a full summer (for a total of 9 hours) and two regular fall or summer semesters.
B. The Student Practice Rule (Rule 31.15(2)), also allows students to appear in administrative hearings and otherwise represent clients in administrative proceedings if they have completed two semesters of their coursework.
To be eligible for the clinic, students must be in good standing, i.e., with a GPA of 2.1 or greater at the time of the lottery. If you have questions about eligibility, contact the Clinic office.
You must complete and return the Lottery Sign-Up, Statement of Interest, and Preference Sheet to the clinic office no later than 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in order to be included in the clinic lottery. The summer lottery will be completed and the results posted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021.
Clinic positions AND alternates must be confirmed by Monday, April 12, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Failure to confirm any position in a timely manner means that the position will be offered to the next student in line. You are responsible for confirming your position.
To submit your clinic application, or to confirm your position, do so by email. You are responsible for making sure that email was received, either by a return receipt or an email confirmation.
Lastly, Ashley Peterson and Mishelle Eckland will inform the registrar of your enrollment in the Clinic (LAW:9302).
The maximum number of credits available in the summer of 2021 is 9 credits, while the minimum number is 6 credits. Because the goal of a clinic is to immerse students in the practice of law, the Clinic faculty encourage students to select the greatest number of credits possible.
During the summer you are expected to work in the Clinic from June 1-August 6, 2021. If you are taking nine credits, you are expected to be in the Clinic, at your site or in small group/supervision, full-time (40-45 hours) during regular business hours. If you are taking six credits, you are expected to spend 30 hours per week, spread throughout the full work week, in your Clinic activities.
Students registered for summer internships may not take more than a total of nine credits over the summer except by permission of clinic faculty.
The last date to drop the clinic position without penalty is May 1, 2021. Students choosing to drop after that deadline without a medical or unexpected emergency shall receive a grade of 1.5 for a minimum of 1 credit hour.
B. Selection and Preferences
Because demand for the clinic usually exceeds supply, selection for the program is done by means of a lottery. Equal preference in the selection process is given to persons who sign up for 6-9 credits. Given the nature of the clinic’s work, students are encouraged to select the greatest number of credits possible.
Preference in the selection process is given to students who have not previously held a position in the clinic. After a student is selected for the clinic and specifies that he or she will be enrolling in a certain number of credits, permission to reduce that number may be denied depending on the clinic’s particular needs at the time.
A. The Legal Clinic Internship (LAW:9302)
The Clinical Law Program offers an in-house clinic known as the Legal Clinic, which is located on the third floor of the law school. The cases are supervised by full-time faculty members, and Clinic students have primary responsibility for the representation of their clients at all stages of the legal process, including interviewing and counseling, negotiation, fact investigation, depositions, drafting and briefing, and courtroom appearances. Many students will have an opportunity to appear before the various state and federal trial or appellate courts, or before administrative agencies.
*The Clinic is continuing to work on a fully remote basis at this time. Not all in-person opportunities will be available, and most case related work will be done remotely from your at-home work space.*
Students are required to submit a Sign-up Sheet and a Statement of Interest outlining why they are interested in the work of the Legal Clinic. Students also must express a preference for particular types of cases and projects on which they would like to work. Areas of practice in the Legal Clinic include:
- Employment Law: Concentrates on discrimination, unfair employment practices, wage payment, unemployment insurance, and related matters.
- General Civil: May include torts, family law, consumer law, and public benefits.
- Estate Planning: Individual representation, document preparation, and workshops relating to wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, guardianship and conservatorship, and related matters. (Tentative summer practice group.)
- Law Policy in Action: Furnish technical and consultant services and advice to community organizations, local government, lawmakers, and business on a host of issues. Current projects focus on legislation stop predatory practices and strengthen Iowa landlord tenant laws to protect people who own mobile homes but rent lots or spaces in mobile home parks; LGBTQ+ legal and policy matters and workshops and guardianship and conservatorships of adults with significant intellectual disabilities. Projects may also include community education programs, workshops and training, research studies, policy development and legislative advocacy regarding mental health, disability, housing, and universal design.
- Federal Criminal Defense: Representation of indigent criminal defendants facing federal charges in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Representation may include any and all stages of the federal criminal proceedings, including bail hearings, preliminary hearings, motion hearings, change of plea hearings, jury trials, sentencings, appeals, and post-conviction work. Types of cases include drug trafficking, firearms, fraud, immigration, escape, and supervised release revocations, among others. For Summer 2021, students should be aware that opportunities for in-court work will be limited given the pandemic. Students should expect to work mainly on decarceration-related litigation. For example, compassionate-release motions, crack-cocaine sentencing reduction motions, clemency applications, and other appellate and post-conviction work. For those enrolled in this practice area, you must also be willing to go to court and prison facilities, if the case needs so require. (Tentative summer practice group.)
- Immigration: Representation of immigrants - primarily in the areas of removal defense, asylum, family-based benefits, and occasional immigrant rights issues in state and federal courts - and immigration policy work at the local, state and national levels, often in consultation with advocacy organizations.
B. Requirements and Expectations
All students who are chosen for positions in the lottery will be expected to be present each day of the entire session. Absences for reasons other than unanticipated emergencies must be approved in advance by the entire Clinic faculty.
At least 3 hours per week per enrolled credit hour must be scheduled during the business hours of Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, AND you are required to be present every business day.
The classroom component is a required element of every first semester internship. The classroom component consists of small group simulations on interviewing, counseling, depositions, case planning, negotiations and other subjects and skills, at a time to be determined at clinic orientation, and occasional large group meetings.
The clinic program is graded numerically: your work with clients and your work in the classroom component both contribute to your grade.
Students enrolled in the clinic are certified to practice law under the student practice rule and bound by the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct, including the provisions on conflicts of interest. Therefore, it’s important that students not be engaged in the performance of legal or legally-related work, paid or unpaid, anywhere else that might cause a professional conflict with their clinic work.
As a general rule, concurrent work by students at local law firms, for government agencies such as county prosecutors, public defenders, municipalities, or legal aid offices, or in the legal departments of local businesses creates a substantial risk of conflict of interest. In addition, if you have done such work immediately before your time in the clinic, or plan to do so immediately after being in the clinic, there may be additional concerns. If you are uncertain as to whether or not your situation falls within this rule, or you believe that your situation warrants an exception, please speak with a member of the Clinic faculty as soon as possible.
If you have questions about any of the information provided in this handout, please contact the Clinic office.
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