Academics and Clinicals
Maximize Your Experience
How can You Maximize Your Clinical Experience?
- Plan your schedule far ahead so as to work in the Clinical with the least conflict with other desired courses. It helps to map out your ideas for a Clinical as you complete your first year at King Hall. Thinking ahead to see what semesters you want to participate in the program can assist your planning efforts.
- Think about your goals for the Clinical.
- Examine all the data available to choose a placement of interest to you. Talk with the Clinical Directors and Office Managers, and if possible, talk to any students previously placed in the Clinical of interest to you.
- If possible, observe in advance the working conditions of the Clinical placement.
- If possible, arrange for an advance interview with the person who will supervise you at the Clinical placement. Communicate your goals to the supervisor, ask for a statement of the placement's expectations of you, and attempt to arrive at some mutual agreement as to your duties.
- Certain Clinical placements will not permit students to work until a background check has been completed. This process can take several weeks, an important reason to start your application early.
- Schedule your Clinical time in at least four-hour blocks.
- Study the Code of Professional Responsibility (which you must certify to having read under State Bar Rules).
- Keep a calendar of appointments, deadlines, court appearances, etc. Remember punctuality is far more important in Clinical placement than at law school.
- Remember that the attorney-client relationship of which you are now a part is a confidential one.
- Make a good impression from the very beginning. Work doubly hard early; but don't take on anything that you're not sure you can handle.
- Do not hesitate to ask questions no matter how simple.
- Use your initiative to get what you want from the Clinical. Don't waste even a day; but recognize your position and use tact in order to get what you want.
- Do not wait until the semester is almost over or the problem is insurmountable to enlist the advice and aid of your Clinical Director.
- Maintain an open-minded objective critical learning state of mind throughout.