What Should I Know About Litigation Clinic?

The most important thing to know about the Washburn Law Clinic is that everything is real - our clients are real, your court appearances are before a real judge, and the outcome of your case impacts the lives of real people. There is nothing mock going on here. Practicing in the law clinic is the best way to get a taste of what practicing after law school will be like. The only thing missing is a paycheck, but the experience you gain in law clinic will pay off great dividends later.

Interns are given a choice to enroll in either 4 or 5 credit hours. The experience of an intern enrolled in 4 credit hours will be the same as the intern enrolled in 5, but that intern may have 1 or 2 fewer cases. To receive credit for the 4 or 5 credit hours, interns must "bill" either 160 or 200 hours worth of clinic work during the semester. Each credit hour equals 40 hours of "billable" hours so the number of "billable" hours an intern must complete depends on the number of credit hours enrolled. Everything clinic related counts toward the 160 or 200 hours: attending large group and small group classes, individual meetings with your supervising attorney, reviewing files, research, meeting with clients and witnesses, court appearances, telephone conferences regarding your case, and the 4 required court watching hours. Interns keep track of their hours on time sheets which are turned in and calculated every week.

Any cases not concluded by the end of the semester will be transferred to an intern in the next semester. Just like a law firm, the law clinic operates year round so there are opportunities to enroll in law clinic during the summer as well.

If you want more information, contact Debi Schrock at 785-670-1191, or debi.schrock@washburn.edu.