HLS clinical registration for the 2016-17 academic year is just around the corner. We in the Cyberlaw Clinic often field questions this time of year from HLS students thinking about enrolling in the Clinic, trying to determine how we operate and whether the Clinic would be a good fit. To help guide students in their decision-making, we have assembled answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions:
Q: How much time do students spend working in the Clinic during the semester?
A: Students have different hours requirements depending on on the number of credits for which they are enrolled. Beginning next academic year, students will be able to enroll for 3, 4, or 5 credits, which corresponds to 144, 192, or 240 hours over the course of semester. Given that the semester is twelve weeks long, that works to an average workload per week of 12, 16, or 20 hours.
Q: I’ve heard stories of students who enroll in a clinic and then work ten times as many hours as they expected. Is that going to happen to me in the Cyberlaw Clinic?
A: The Cyberlaw Clinic team strives to be realistic about what we expect in terms of hours, and we carefully consider students’ credits and hours into consideration as we help scope projects and distribute the Clinic’s workload among students.