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Experienced staff attorneys supervise the students both in court and out.  Through weekly clinic seminar classes, LSIC attorneys instruct students on client counseling and interviewing, litigation techniques, negotiation and conciliation, procedure, and relevant statutes and policies.  While students take on all of the tasks associated with representing a client, LSIC staff attorneys provide guidance and feedback as students proceed through each phase of their cases.  If you want to learn the essentials of trial advocacy while providing much needed legal services to members of our community, LSIC may be the clinic for you.

Depending on their law school, students enroll in either the criminal or civil division of LSIC.  Details of enrollment vary from school to school, but all students must be eligible for certification under the D.C. student practice rule in order to participate in either division.  For more information on your school’s clinical opportunities through LSIC, click on the appropriate link below.

Eligibility for certification under the D.C. student practice rule requires (1) successful completion of 41 credits, including Evidence, Civil Procedure, and Criminal Procedure (or a substantially similar course) prior to the beginning of clinic classes; and (2) clearance by the Bar Character Committee prior to the beginning of clinic classes.  In order to obtain a character clearance, admitted students must respond to a series of questions (see below) that appear on the student bar application. Students with questions regarding the certification requirements should contact the faculty member or administrator in charge of their law school’s clinical program, or the Executive Director of LSIC.
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