Continuing Clinical Work Program

Student Requirements  |  Supervision  |  Grading  |  Application

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.

Student Requirements

Clinical Hours

You must complete the required number of clinical hours in order to receive academic credit (2-4 clinical credits). Every clinical credit is equivalent to 60 hours of work for the semester, or 5 hours per week.

Placement Evaluation

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 we require all students 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 on 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.

Client Confidentiality

Please 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.

  • Continuing clinicals must be done for at least 2 clinical credits.
  • There is a maximum of 12 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Once you receive permission from your clinic to continue and know which cases/projects you will work on during the continuing clinical semester, download and complete the Continuing Clinical Application form.  All students who wish to enroll in a continuing clinical must complete and submit the application form.  The application requires a proposal that describes in detail your upcoming cases/projects, and requires the signatures of your supervising attorney and the clinic's faculty director. Application proposals with insufficient case/project information will be returned to the student for revision, so please provide a descriptive proposal of work from the outset. All signatures must be on the application before submitting it to the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs. Incomplete applications (no proposal, missing signatures) will not be accepted. 

If approved, you will be notified by email and automatically registered by the Office Clinical and Pro Bono Programs.

Applications are due to the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs in WCC 3085 by the following deadlines: 

  • Fall 2015: September 3, 2015
  • Winter 2016: November 2, 2015
  • Spring 2016: January 15, 2016

Download the Continuing Clinical Application

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Last modified: March 10, 2015

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