Criteria For New Clinics

Clinical Education at UC Hastings – New Course Proposals

UC Hastings has a strong commitment to preparing students for practice; our clinics are at the core of this goal.  We appreciate your interest in helping us to understand the demands of modern legal practice and in developing experiential learning opportunities designed to prepare practice ready lawyers for the 21st century.

Our clinical offerings cover a wide array of substantive law and practice settings.  We currently have 14 clinics and the largest externship program in the Greater Bay Area; for a complete list, please see: http://www.uchastings.edu/academics/clinical-programs/index.php.    Clinics provide students opportunities to gain experience in transactional, policy, ADR, and litigation settings while working with individual clients, community groups, businesses, and non-profit or governmental organizations.  In each Clinic, there is a clear pedagogical focus on the skills, mindsets, and knowledge bases students need to effectively assume the particular lawyering role.  Clinic students not only deepen their understanding and apply substantive law in context but also explore professional role identity and ethical issues unique to the setting.

In the fall of 2012, consistent with the implementation of the Strategic Plan, we launched three new clinics: the Medical Legal Partnership for Seniors, the Bioentrepreneurship Clinic, and the Start-Up Technology Clinic.  Additionally, the Social Enterprise Non-Profit Clinic is scheduled to launch in 2013.  All clinics, like other aspects of the curriculum, are submitted to the faculty for approval. Each of the new clinics was in development for over a year in consultation with our Clinical Curriculum Committee and was subject to approval by the Curriculum Committee and the full faculty.  The faculty chosen to initiate these new clinics were selected following a national search.   Given the level of supervision and support provided to clinic students, these positions are full-time and a significant investment of institutional resources.

In the development of new clinical courses, we consider such factors as:

  • the pedagogical focus of the clinic
  • will the proposed clinic fill a gap in the current offerings substantively and in terms of the skills to be developed
  • is the clinic stable and sustainable
  • will the proposed clinic expose students to under-served populations and the legal system’s impact on their lives
  • will the proposed clinic meet a significant community need

We are also mindful of the standards set by the American Bar Association, which accredits law schools, and the American Association of Law Schools, the main law school membership organization nationally.

We greatly benefit from the expertise of talented members of the bench and bar, many of them our alumni, and we sincerely appreciate your interest in participating in the life of the law school.  In light of our recent expansion, we are not contemplating immediate additions to our clinical offerings.  Please keep in touch and let us know about other ideas you may have.