Our Pro Bono Collaborative mobilizes Rhode Island law firms, law students and community organizations to provide desperately needed legal assistance for the underserved residents of the state. The unique program includes 10 major law firms, over 20 community-based organizations and several dozen law students.
Planning for the Clinical Experience
Each student is allowed to obtain a total of eleven clinical hours. In addition, students may not receive more than three credits for participating in an externship program. If either of these situations may occur, the student must request and receive a waiver from the Associate Dean prior to registering for the externship or clinic. Finally, any student whose cumulative grade point average is less than 2.00 may not register for any clinical program. (Student Handbook Section 706)
Priority for the Community Economic Development Clinic, Criminal Defense Clinic, Immigration Clinic and Mediation Clinic is given to third-year day students. A second-year day student is eligible to apply for the clinics if he/she has completed the equivalent of three full time semesters and “has completed or is enrolled in a course for credit in evidence or trial practice.” (Rule 9(a) Article II of the Supreme Court) In addition, students applying to the Criminal Defense Clinic must have completed Trial Advocacy.
Second-year day students are also eligible to apply for the externship program as long as they have the equivalent of approximately two full days free to work at the externship placement. Judicial externs do not have to be Rule 9(a) eligible. Some public interest placements will require students to be Rule 9(a) eligible.