Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Clinic Students
Q. How is the clinic experience unique?
A. Clinics offer students the opportunity to practice law while being mentored by
a faculty member. Under the direct supervision of faculty, students serve as lead
counsel, not clerks, in real cases. Students interview and counsel clients, conduct
research, prepare all pleadings and other documents, appear in court, and manage all
other aspects of their clients’ cases. While receiving academic credit, students provide
free legal representation to those who could not otherwise afford it.
Q. When can I take a clinic class?
A. A. Each clinic has different eligibility requirements. With careful planning, students
can be eligible for most clinics by the second semester of their 2L year. Some clinics
require Rule XV eligibility or completion of other prerequisites. All clinics give
first preference to graduating 3Ls who have not yet taken a clinic. If you are interested
in taking a clinic, we encourage you to apply as soon as you are eligible.
Q. What is Rule XV and how do I know if I am eligible?
A. Rule XV of the Arkansas Rules Governing Admission to the Bar provides students
with the opportunity to become limitedly licensed to practice law in the State of
Arkansas. Students must be supervised by a fully licensed attorney and may not receive
compensation other than class credit for the representation.
To be eligible for Rule XV certification, you must have completed 48 hours of course
Criminal Procedure (I or II)
Q. How do I get into a clinic?
A. Interested students must apply to enroll in a clinic. Applications are generally
available about a month before course enrollment begins (visit the Legal Clinic for
details). Students must complete the Legal Clinic application and their order of preference
for the clinics in which they are interested. The faculty determine which students
best meet the needs of each clinic. Usually, priority is given to graduating 3Ls who
have not yet taken a clinic.
What is the workload like for a clinic?
Like the practice of law, clinics can be both demanding and rewarding. Students interested
in enrolling in a clinic should not be intimidated by the workload. Just like other
courses, students should plan to dedicate an average of 3-4 hours each week for each
credit hour of the clinic.
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