Students are eligible to enroll in clinic beginning in the spring semester of their second year, but enrollment priority is given to third year students who apply.
A lottery for clinics and externships is held during registration. Interested students must attend an informational meeting, after which you may register for the lottery online, ranking your program selections in order of preference. Many clinics require pre- or co-requisites courses, so plan your course schedule accordingly.
Students may not simultaneously enroll in a clinic and externship, but students may take a clinic in one semester and an externship in a different semester.
Clinic academic credit ranges from three or four credits for a semester-long clinic, to eight credits for a year-long clinic.
For the Public
These clinics handle direct intake from clients who are seeking assistance:
- Community Development Law Clinic
- Military and Veterans Law Clinic
Clients seeking assistance must contact the clinic faculty supervisor. Each year, the supervisor agrees to represent a limited number of clients in legal matters that, in the supervisor’s judgment, both benefit under-resourced communities and provide students with quality educational experiences.
These clinics only accept cases that are referred to us by an organization or agency with which we have a referral agreement:
- Civil Legal Assistance Clinic
- Domestic and Sexual Violence Clinic
- Immigration Clinic
- Youth Justice Clinic
The clinic can only give legal advice to individuals and groups who are clients of the clinic.
Yes. Please see the Resources [link to /experiential/clinic/resources] section.
Yes. Although law students provide most of the legal services provided through the clinic, all their work is carefully supervised and checked by the faculty supervisor, who is a lawyer licensed to practice in North Carolina.
No. Once the clinic accepts a client, it provides legal services free of charge.
No. The clinic does not operate during UNC School of Law’s June-August summer break. Students are not available to work during school holidays, including the extended winter and spring breaks. Due to these time limitations, it is imperative that clients and students agree to work schedules and stick to them.