Handling Cases

The first few weeks in the Clinic are typically difficult for new students.  The case management software and office procedures must be learned, tax terminology mastered, facts associated with cases understood, etc. Thus, working in the Clinic is unlike attending and studying for other law school classes. You are expected to quickly engage in the Clinic so that clients receive the appropriate services. It is likely that you will spend more time in the Clinic each week during the first few weeks of the term than during weeks that occur later in the term. Unless you do so, you will quickly fall behind on your Clinic work and not be able to comply with requirements associated with the work you are to complete by the mid-term of the course. Deadlines are of critical importance (especially with regard to statutory notices), and keeping clients closely informed is essential to maintaining a good working relationship.