Students who participate in the following clinics must be certified to engage in the limited practice of law in the District of Columbia under the D.C. Student Practice Rule:

  • Appellate Litigation Clinic
  • Civil Rights Clinic
  • Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic
  • Criminal Justice Clinic
  • Domestic Violence Clinic
  • Environmental Law and Justice Clinic (IPR)
  • Health Justice Alliance Clinic
  • International Women’s Human Rights Clinic
  • Juvenile Justice Clinic
  • Policy Clinic: Climate Change, Health, Human Rights and Trade (Harrison Institute)
  • Rising for Justice
  • Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Law Clinic

To become bar certified, students must:

  1. Complete Georgetown Law’s Rule 48 Questionnaire, which will be distributed by each clinic’s office manager. Answer this series of questions, gather any relevant supporting documentation, print everything out, and return it to the clinic director by the due date provided. The vast majority of affirmative answers will not stand in the way of Student Bar Certification, but disclosure is required nonetheless. All responses will be reviewed by the clinic director and will be kept securely on file with the Assistant or Associate Dean of Clinics.
  2. Electronically complete and sign the DC Court of Appeals Rule 48 Application (you will receive this form and additional instructions from your clinic after you are offered a seat).

Students who have questions about this process should contact Jenn Cilingin, Director of Clinical Programs, at