Howard University

D.C. Law Students in Court (LSIC)

In addition to the in-house clinical courses, the Law School through a consortium of area law schools, offers students an actual-client clinical experience; D.C. Law Students In Court, (LSIC) LSIC is a legal services/clinical legal education program located in the District of Columbia. Its civil program concentrates its efforts on representing and assisting low income tenants who are without legal counsel and who are facing displacement in landlord-tenant matters. LSIC accepts rising third-year law students from the law schools of Howard, American, Catholic, Georgetown, and George Washington Universities.

Students may complete their work with LSIC in one of two ways. A student may enroll in the LSIC program and complete her/his first semester of work during the summer following the successful completion of her/his second year of law study. The second semester of the course would be completed in the Fall semester immediately following the summer work. Alternatively, a student may also enroll in the course for the Fall and Spring semesters. Because the course is year-long, a student receives no credit for any work completed in the prior semester if he/she does not complete the second semester of the course. If a student fails to complete the second semester of the course, there may also be issues of professional responsibility which the student must face.

The classroom instruction and supervision of the legal work are done by the staff attorneys of LSIC. A board of directors made up of, among others, law faculty from the participating area law schools, provides policy oversight of the academic and legal components of the program.

Eligibility And Prerequisites

  1. Successful completion of four (4) semesters of law school study;
  2. Successful completion of a course in Evidence, Civil Procedure, and Criminal Procedure (either Criminal Procedure I or Criminal Procedure II) prior to the semester in which the student will be enrolled in the LSIC (concurrent enrollment in the LSIC and the above-mentioned courses is not permitted);
  3. Eligibility for admission to engage in the limited practice of law in the District of Columbia pursuant to Rule 48 of the Rules of the D.C. Court of Appeals;
  4. Timely completion of an application for enrollment in LSIC with an accompanying resume to the CLC office; and
  5. Be interviewed and approved for enrollment by the Executive Director and/or staff of LSIC.
  6. Successful completion of a mandatory orientation training program.

Enrollment is limited to twelve (12) students. Orientation and all other requirements for the LSIC program are set by the supervising attorneys of the LSIC. All questions related to pre-enrollment interviews (interviews are mandatory), orientation, seminar times, and supervision of case work should be directed to the Executive Director and/or the supervising attorneys of the LSIC.

A student may register for the LSIC program during mandatory pre-registration in the spring semester. Pre-registration, however, does not preclude the need to satisfy the eligibility requirements for enrollment, nor does pre-registration remove the necessity for faculty approval to enroll in the Clinic.

updated: April 21, 2015