background checks for clinics?

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underwaterreact
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background checks for clinics?

Post by underwaterreact » Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:31 am

Do law school clinics typically require background checks / character and fitness type things?

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Re: background checks for clinics?

Post by UVA2B » Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:38 am

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.

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Re: background checks for clinics?

Post by Kümmel » 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

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Re: background checks for clinics?

Post by UVA2B » Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:34 pm

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.

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Re: background checks for clinics?

Post by Hey_Everybody » Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:22 pm

I've had to do a background check for a law school clinic before (working with juvenile clients).

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Re: background checks for clinics?

Post by pancakes3 » Sun Aug 09, 2020 2:07 pm

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.

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