Clinics

Texas A&M Legal Clinics

clinics-5956Texas A&M Legal Clinics give students the opportunity to apply their skills to work on behalf of actual clients in a variety of practice areas.

Clinical work provides students with hands-on experiences through actual client interaction. The clinic curriculum introduces students to a range of necessary practice skills needed to succeed in the legal profession.

Clinic clients include entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, government entities and individuals who have a difficult time finding counsel elsewhere.

General Clinic Information for Students

Student Eligibility

To be eligible to enroll in clinics, ​you must be in good academic standing, have no Honor Code violations and have completed ​your first year courses (some clinics require the completion of 45 units). Since our clinics expose students to actual client work, you must complete, or concurrently enroll in, a Professional Responsibility course in order to enroll in a clinic. Students who have not completed Professional Responsibility will be automatically enrolled in a section when admitted to a clinic. Each clinic may have its own unique eligibility requirements.

Student ​Enrollment Guidelines

  • In order to provide all of our students with a clinical opportunity, you cannot enroll in more than one clinic in any one semester.
  • You may not enroll in an externship and a clinic in the same semester unless authorized by the Associate Dean for Experiential Education.
  • If you plan to be employed by a law firm, government agency, or other unit engaged in providing legal assistance during the semester, you must disclose the employer’s information so the clinical program can determine if there are any conflicts that prevent the student from enrolling in the clinic.
  • Each clinic may have its own unique enrollment guidelines.

Considerations

Since clinics operate differently than doctrinal, writing, and other simulation courses, students must keep in mind the following before enrolling:

  • All clinical courses meet in the Clinical Program Office located in the Star-Telegram Building at 307 W. 7th Street, Fort Worth, Texas. It is a 0.6 mile walk from the Law School building to the clinical space.

  • All 3 and 4 unit clinic courses require that students spend a minimum of 6-8 hours per week at the clinical space.

  • Per our Academic Standards, students are expected to submit logs of their time to their supervising attorneys to receive credit. Your instructor will provide you with direction of how to keep track of your time.

  • In order to provide all of our students with a clinical opportunity, you cannot enroll in more than one clinic in any one semester.

  • You may not enroll in an externship and a clinic in the same semester unless authorized by the Associate Dean for Experiential Education.

  • If you plan to be employed by a law firm, government agency, or other unit engaged in providing legal services during the semester, you must disclose the employer’s information so the clinical program can determine if there are any conflicts that prevent the student from enrolling in the clinic.

  • Once a student is admitted to a clinic, the student must commit to attend a mandatory clinic orientation the first Friday of the semester from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Unless a special accommodation is necessary, free student parking is not available in the clinic space. The cost to valet in the Star-Telegram Building is $10. There is additional parking in the area that ranges from $6 to $10. Street metered parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Student Application Process

​Students must submit an online application to enroll in a clinic. Clinic applications vary by instructor but generally require a statement of interest and an uploaded resume. Clinic applications may be found at http://law.tamu.edu/current-students/registrar-student-services/forms-applications#clinic-ap.

Student Orientation

Once ​you are admitted to a clinic, you must commit to attend a mandatory clinic orientation the first Friday of the semester from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please make arrangements to attend the training.

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