All students can benefit from the program, especially given the global nature of practice today. For students interested in human rights work and international law, the program provides a unique opportunity to explore these areas while assisting clients. For students interested in other practice areas, the program affords them the opportunity to develop essential lawyering skills and to gain valuable insights about the role of law in society.
Second- and third-year students are eligible to participate. Preference is generally given to third-year students.
The LCPP allows students to integrate legal theory with practice, while working on behalf of clients. Students enhance their substantive knowledge of law in a variety of areas of the law, hone their lawyering skills, explore professional responsibility issues, and gain a better understanding of legal institutions. By the end of the program, students often have a greater sense of purpose and express far more confidence in their own abilities.
The LCPP offers students a range of placements. Prior placements have included a barrister’s chambers, legal aide centers, private law firms, and the constituent and parliamentary offices of Members of Parliament.
To apply for the program, students must submit a written application; an essay, which discusses learning goals and interests; and a current resume. Students must also interview with the LCPP Director. Applications are typically submitted in early February.
As part of the application process, students identify the placements or subject matter areas in which they have an interest. Once a student is accepted into the program, the LCPP Director works with Anglo and the placements to assign a student.
Typically, five to eight students participate.
Yes, for qualified students. The financial aid package includes the cost of tuition, housing, food, transportation, the visa, and other programmatic costs.
Students work forty hours a week, five days a week, for four weeks. In addition, students submit weekly journals and time sheets, and attend a weekly seminar. There is both an oral midterm and written final performance evaluation completed by the placement field instructor. Students are also required to submit a final written evaluation covering all aspects of the program.
The weekly seminar discusses international law topics and provides an opportunity for students to discuss what they are learning in their placements. An American lawyer, who practiced law in the U.S. before moving to the U.K., teaches the course.
Yes. You may take a total of 12clinical credits, which includes both the Clinical Placement Program and the in-house clinics. (If you participate in the D.C. Externship Program, you can take a total of nineteen clinic hours, 13 in D.C. plus six additional placement or in-house clinic hours.)