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background checks for clinics?

Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:31 am
by underwaterreact
Do law school clinics typically require background checks / character and fitness type things?

Re: background checks for clinics?

Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:38 am
by UVA2B
Not that I’ve ever heard of. And it wouldn’t make much sense to require one considering everything done during a clinic is under the supervision of a licensed, practicing attorney whose responsibility is to ensure you don’t do anything unethical/illegal.

Re: background checks for clinics?

Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:07 pm
by Kümmel
Clinics generally don't, but there are some externships that do if you're with certain gov agencies

Re: background checks for clinics?

Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:34 pm
by UVA2B
Kümmel wrote:
Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:07 pm
Clinics generally don't, but there are some externships that do if you're with certain gov agencies
This is a good distinction I didn’t consider. I would imagine most gov entities that require them for internships and employment would also require them for an externship. But that’s obviously completely different than a clinic offered through the law school internally.

Re: background checks for clinics?

Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:22 pm
by Hey_Everybody
I've had to do a background check for a law school clinic before (working with juvenile clients).

Re: background checks for clinics?

Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 2:07 pm
by pancakes3
i vaguely remember having to fill out a form or two to get certified as a student practicing law but it wasn't anywhere close to a c&f app.