Apply to the Clinical Program

Clinic Descriptions and Requirements

Instructions for applying to the Clinical Program

  1. When registration opens for your class, register for your desired clinic through MyNIU.
  2. Fill out the Clinic Student Scheduling Form.
    1. Right-click on this link: Clinic Student Scheduling Form (.pdf) and save the file to your PC. (Do not open it in your browser.)
      1. For Chrome: right-click > “Save link as…” > save the file to your PC.
      2. For Edge/Internet Explorer: right-click > “Save target as…” > save the file to your PC.
      3. For Firefox: right-click > “Save Link As…” > save the file to your PC.
    2. Use ONLY Adobe Reader to open and fill out the application. Browser-based and other PDF programs do not always allow the form to be filled and saved correctly. If you do not have Adobe Reader you can download it from https://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/.
    3. When you have finished filling out the form, save it to your PC. Then email the form as an attachment to the appropriate clinical supervisor:
      1. Criminal Defense Clinic: Paul Cain
      2. Civil Justice Clinic: Wendy Vaughn
      3. Health Advocacy Clinic: Colleen Boraca
      4. Prisoners' Rights Project: Richard Dvorak
  3. Apply for your Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 License. The Rule 711 License application can take up to 3 weeks to process, so please submit it as early as possible. If you already have a valid Rule 711 License, skip to Step 4.
    1. Check with Rebecca Leneau in Career Opportunities and Professional Development to see if COL already has your photo on file. If not, obtain TWO copies of a recent 1” x 1½” photograph to your application.
    2. Go to the APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION - LAW STUDENT ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT RULE 711 available at http://www.state.il.us/court/Administrative/forms/711/App_711.pdf.
    3. Fill out the top portion through the expected graduation date.
    4. In the Student Certification area at the bottom, indicate if you have previously applied for a 711 license.
    5. Print out the form and sign and date it.
    6. Submit the original, signed form (no photocopies or faxes) with photos attached (if required) to Rebecca Leneau in room 280.
  4. If you already have a valid Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 License then please submit a change form. If you already have a valid Rule 711 License for the same clinic, you do not need to submit any additional Rule 711 paperwork.
    1. Go to NOTICE OF ADDITIONAL OR CHANGE OF EMPLOYING AGENCY / SUPERVISING ATTORNEY ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT RULE 711 available at http://www.state.il.us/court/Administrative/forms/711/Notice_Change_711.pdf.
    2. Fill out your name, address, telephone and 711 license number at the bottom of the form.
    3. Print out the form and sign it.
    4. Submit the original, signed form (no photocopies or faxes) to Rebecca Leneau in room 280.

 

Faculty

Please contact a member of the experiential learning faculty if you need more information about one of the clinics or the application process:

  • Paul Cain, Clinical Professor, Criminal Defense Clinic, and Interim Director of Clinics
  • Wendy Vaughn, Clinical Associate Professor, Civil Justice Clinic
  • Colleen Boraca, Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Advocacy Clinic
  • Richard Dvorak, Adjunct  Professor, Prisoners' Rights Project