How to Apply to Loyola's Social & Criminal Justice Clinics

Loyola Law School's Social & Criminal Justice Clinics are highly competitive and enrollment is by application only.  In addition to visiting clinic webpages for more information, please follow the application instructions and requirements below as listed for each clinic (click link to jump).  

Federal Public Defender Capital Habeas Unit Clinic
International Human Rights Clinic
Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic
Juvenile Justice Clinic
Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic
Ninth Circuit Clinic
Project for the Innocent
Youth Justice Education Clinic

ALL CLINICAL APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15.  Transfer students' applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.  

Applications may be submitted, as specified by each clinic, by email, by mail, or by hand delivery to reception at the Clinical Center (2nd floor of Founders Hall).

Wednesday, February 22 Applications available here
Wednesday, March 15 All applications are due 
Friday, April 7 Clinics will make offers to accepted students
Friday, April 14 Deadline for students to accept clinical offers 

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Federal Public Defender Capital Habeas Unit Clinic

Prerequisites: Advanced research and writing skills, a keen aptitude for legal analysis, and a strong work ethic are essential for all students who participate in the clinic. Students are encouraged to take the Habeas Corpus Litigation Seminar and the Death Penalty Law Seminar before or in conjunction with this clinic.

Completed application will include:
1. A brief statement explaining your interest in the clinic
2. Your current resume
3. An unofficial LLS transcript or grade printout
4. A writing sample of no more than 25 pages
5. Names of two references/recommenders

No formal application form to complete.

ContactAny questions?  Contact Prof. Paula Mitchell at Paula.Mitchell@lls.edu.  Submit your completed application packet by email directly to Paula.Mitchell@lls.edu and Margo_Rocconi@fd.org.

Additional information:
Applications for Fall 2017 will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning March 15, 2017, with a final cutoff of July 15, 2017. 

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International Human Rights Clinic

Prequisites: Students must take either Introduction to International Law or International Protection of Human Rights prior to or concurrently with the Clinic.

Completed application will include:
1. Name
2. Law school year
3. Short answer: Have you taken International Law or International Protection of Human Rights? If not, do you plan to enroll in one of these courses next semester?
4. Short essay: Why are you interested in working with the International Human Rights Clinic? If you have previously worked on human rights issues, please describe your experience. (300 words max)

No formal application form to complete.

Contact: Submit completed application to Deputy Director Mary Hansel at mary.hansel@lls.edu

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Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic 

Prerequisites: Minimum requirements for enrollment are: Criminal Law and Civil Procedure and Evidence. Criminal Procedure is strongly recommended, but not required.  Rising second year students may apply but must be concurrently enrolled in Evidence in Fall 2017. Students must be California Bar certified and in good academic standing.

Completed application will include:
1. Completed application form
2. Resume
3. Current unofficial LLS transcript or grade printout

Application form: ‌JIFS 2017-2018 ApplicationForm can be printed or completed as a PDF form.

Contact: JIFS Clinical Director Christopher Hawthorne, care of Shawn.Tracy@lls.edu

Additional Information: In addition to completing an application with a resume, students must interview with Professor Hawthorne in order to be considered for the class.  Please note that there will be a three-day orientation to be held one week before the official school year begins.  Participation in orientation the week before classes begin, is mandatory.

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Juvenile Justice Clinic

Prerequisites: Civil Procedure and Evidence.  Criminal Procedure is strongly recommended, but not required.  Rising second year students may apply but must be concurrently enrolled in Evidence in Fall 2017.  

Completed application will include:
1. Completed application form
2. Resume
3. Current unofficial LLS transcript or grade printout

Application form: JJC 2017-2018 ApplicationForm can be printed or completed as a PDF form.

Contact: JJC Clinical Director Samantha Buckingham, care of Shawn.Tracy@lls.edu

Additional Information: Applicants will be required to interview with Professor Buckingham, Director of the JJC.   

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Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic

Prerequisites: The first-year immigration law elective, prio completion of immigration law, or concurrent enrollment in the clinics and immigration law in Fall 2017.  

Completed application will include:
1. Resume
2. Current unofficial LLS transcript or grade printout
3. Personal statement, not to exceed one page or 300 words (indicating the reasons and/or interests for enrolling in the course)

No formal application form to complete. 

Contact: The Clinical Teaching Team at lijc@lls.edu. 

Additional information: To apply, please submit all of the following by e-mail to LIJC@lls.edu with the subject line “LIJC Application 2017-2018.”  Once applications are received and reviewed, applicants who are selected will be scheduled for a 15-minute interview with Clinical Staff Attorneys and Co-Directors Emily Robinson and Marissa Montes.  

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Ninth Circuit Clinic

Prequisites: Advanced research and writing skills, a keen aptitude for legal analysis, and a strong work ethic are essential for all students who participate in the clinic.

Completed application will include:
1. A brief statement explaining your interest in the clinic
2. Your current resume
3. An unofficial LLS transcript or grade printout
4. A writing sample of no more than 25 pages
5. Names of two references/recommenders

No formal application form to complete.

Additional information: Submit your completed application packet by email directly to Paula.Mitchell@lls.edu and  Rebecca.Delfino@lls.edu.

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Loyola Project for the Innocent

Prequisites: None.

Completed application will include:
1. Completed application form
2. Resume
3. Current unofficial LLS transcript or grade printout

Application form: LPI Application for 2017-2018Form can be printed or completed as a PDF form.‌‌

Contact: Submit completed application materials to Program Director Adam Grant at adam.grant@lls.edu.

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Youth Justice Education Clinic

Completed application will include:
1. Completed application form
2. Resume
3. Current unofficial LLS transcript or grade printout

Application form: ‌ Form can be printed or completed as a PDF form.‌‌

Contact: Clinical Director Michael Smith, care of Shawn.Tracy@lls.edu