1. Students may register for either a one or two credit skills lab; however, the professor has the final authority as to whether to offer the lab for one or two credits. If the pro bono cases available are not sufficiently involved to support two credits’ worth of work, the professor may elect to offer the lab for only one credit. Enrollment preference will be given to students who have not already earned credit in an in-house clinic, an externship, or another Skills Lab at Coastal Law.
2. Students will be assigned one of the following grades for the Lab: “High Pass,” “Pass,” “Low Pass” and Fail.” Those students receiving the grade of “Fail” will earn no course credit or skills credit for the course. Students earning “High Pass,” or “Pass,” or “Low Pass” grades will be awarded the credits for which they registered. The credits awarded for skills labs will count towards the non-course credit limit set forth in Section VI (D) of the Student Handbook.
3. Each course will be scheduled to meet for 1 hour, 50 minutes once a week. During the class periods, the professor will review doctrinal material which the students need to know to work on their cases. At the professor’s option, some class periods may be replaced with conferences for students assigned to work on the same case; other classes may be canceled to provide students time to work on their cases.
4. Students will be required to work a total of 55 hours per credit hour awarded. Time spent in class sessions will be counted towards the hours required per credit hour. Students must keep a time sheet documenting this time spent and submit this to the professor at the end of the semester for approval. Hours earned in excess of the registered credit hours may be applied to FCSL pro bono hours in accordance with the policies followed by the Clinical Professors.
5. Each Skills Lab will be limited to 8-10 students who have already taken the doctrinal course which is the subject of the Skills Lab.
6. The skills lab professor will be responsible for finding pro bono cases for students to work on; these pro bono cases may come from a legal aid organization such as JALA or from another case the attorney or the attorney’s law firm has accepted on a pro bono basis. The cases should be the type which can be completed within the span of the semester. Students may be, but are not required to be, assigned to work on cases in pairs.
7. Students in FCSL Clinics may not take a Skills Lab during the same semester due to potential scheduling and client conflicts.