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Clinics Enrollment Policy

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  1. Timing of Enrollment. In accordance with the North Carolina State Bar rules governing the practical training of students, a student may enroll in any of the Law school's clinics as early as the fall semester of their second year. 
  2. Ethics and Graduation Requirement. The legal ethics graduation requirement is a pre- or co-requisite to enroll in several of the clinics (see below for list of the clinics that do not have this requirement). Where required, a student may fulfill this by completing an ethics class that satisfies the legal ethics graduation requirement.  Those classes include:
    • Ethics & the Law of Lawyering (LAW 238)
    • Criminal Justice Ethics (LAW 317)
    • Ethics in Action (LAW 539), and,
    • Any other class identified as fulfilling the ethics & professionalism graduation requirement in a particular semester.

    Note: The following clinics do not have the ethics requirement: the Appellate Litigation Clinic (LAW 408).

  3. Priority for Single Clinic Enrollment. In general, students are permitted to enroll in only one clinic per semester. A student seeking to enroll in two clinics in a semester must obtain written permission from the professor of each clinic and written approval from the Director of Clinics. Written permission and approval must be obtained prior to enrolling in the clinics on Duke Hub or the student will be removed from the class roll of both clinics. The written permission and approval must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. Absent unusual circumstances, written approval for enrollment in multiple clinics will not be permitted, or will be rescinded, if either or both of the clinics in which the student wishes to enroll have or are expected to have wait lists.
  4. Advanced Clinical Studies. Students interested in extending their work in a clinic beyond one semester may enroll in the clinic for a second semester though the law school’s advanced clinical course opportunities. To enroll in an advanced clinic, the student must obtain written permission from the appropriate clinic professor prior to enrolling in the advanced clinic. The written permission must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar, and the Registrar will subsequently register the student for the advanced clinic. Requests for permission will be reviewed on a case by case basis and will be granted at the discretion of the clinic professor.
  5. LLM Eligibility for Clinics. In certain limited circumstances, LLM students may be eligible to enroll in a clinic. To enroll in a clinic, the LLM student must obtain written permission from the appropriate clinic professor prior to enrolling in the clinic. The written permission must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar, and the Registrar will subsequently register the LLM student for the clinic. Requests for permission will be reviewed on a case by case basis and will be granted at the discretion of the clinic professor.