Student Application Process

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a 2L. May I participate in a Clinic?

Yes, provided that you have completed the required 45 Credit Hours and meet the eligibility requirements for the Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 License. Priority in the Clinic will be given to graduating 3L students.

I have not completed the required courses. May I still apply to a Clinic?

Yes. You may take one or more of the required courses concurrently with your work at a Clinic with permission from the Clinical Professor. Priority in the Clinic will be given to students who have completed the course requirements.

How many students participate in the Clinic?

Each semester, up to 10 students may be enrolled in each Clinic. Student applications are prioritized based on the date and time the application is received, completion of course requirements, date of anticipated graduation, and any prior Clinic completion.

Can I participate in a Clinic at the same time as an Externship?

No, you cannot participate in both a Clinic and an Externship in the same semester.

Can I participate in a Clinic at the same time as a Judicial Clerkship?

No, you cannot participate in both a Clinic and a Judicial Clerkship in the same semester.

Can I work while I am participating in the Clinic?

Yes, provided that you notify your Clinical Professor of your work obligations, there is no conflict of interest between your work and the clinic’s cases, and you do not work more than the 20 hours allowed by the College of Law.

Can I take more than one Clinic?

Yes. A student may complete more than one clinical course while at the College of Law. However, first priority in the Clinic will be given to students who have not had the opportunity to participate in a Clinic.

How often will I have to come to Rockford?

Students typically work in the clinic one full day each week. Students are welcome to work in the clinic facility in Rockford as many days as is necessary to meet the needs of their clients.

Is there parking in Rockford?

Yes. The Clinic provides free parking to all students working in Rockford. The parking garage is adjacent to the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic building in Rockford.

Can I do my clinic work at the College of Law?

Yes. The Clinic has an office located in Swen Parson on the Third Floor. Clinic students are welcome to use this office at any time to access Clinic computer databases and files, to use Clinic telephones and other office equipment, and to do necessary work on behalf of their clients from this office. Clinic students are provided a special access card for this office.