The D.C. Law Students in Court Clinic is a six-credit, one semester clinical program offered in the fall for eligible second and third year students.

Created in 1968, LSIC is a unique consortium program that enrolls students from a number of D.C. area law schools and offers students the opportunity to develop trial advocacy skills by representing adult defendants in misdemeanor cases in D.C. Superior Court.

LSIC offers a learning environment that focuses on case preparation and actual experience in criminal practice. Supervision and instruction are heavily geared toward litigation and the skills necessary for effective lawyering. Both classes and supervision promote reflection on what the role of a lawyer should and can be. Students choose whether to defend adults charged with misdemeanor offenses or juveniles charged with a range of offenses, excluding only the most serious felonies, in D.C. Superior Court. Students are responsible for all aspects of litigation under the supervision of clinical instructors, including: interviewing clients and witnesses, conducting investigations, preparing pleadings, engaging in settlement negotiations or plea bargaining, and conducting all motions hearings and trials pursuant to the Superior Court’s student practice rule.

Students enrolled in LSIC complete their casework and attend clinic seminar classes at the LSIC office, located a short walk from the Van Ness metro station at 4340 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 100, Washington, D.C. 20008. There is a mandatory weeklong orientation the week before fall classes begin.

For more information about LSIC, visit: http://dclawstudents.org.

Registration Information

To register, students must complete the application form (click here) and submit it to Professor Paul Kurth at kurth@law.edu.

Preference in allocation of spots will be given as follows:

  • First Students who applied before and were not admitted to the clinic.
  • Second Students who have not yet had a clinical experience.
  • Third By the date & time of submission of the pre-registration form.