Third-Year Practice Certificates
A Third-Year Practice Certificate allows law students to appear in court and before administrative tribunals under the supervision of a licensed attorney. A practice certificate allows students to engage in substantial legal work while attending law school.
When should I begin to pursue a Third-Year Practice Certificate?
You should begin securing a certificate by the middle of your 2L year.
Where can I find the state guidelines for third-year practice?
Copies of guidelines for several approved states are available in the Career Services Office. Guidelines for all states may be accessed through library resources and state websites. Georgetown Law Library has compiled a list that students may find helpful. If you need assistance finding your state guidelines, please contact Chris King in the ASL library.
How do I obtain my Third-Year Practice Certificate at ASL?
- Research and print the section of the state guidelines referencing third-year practice/law student practice for the state in which you will work.
- Schedule a guideline review appointment with the Career Services director by e-mailing email@example.com.
- Bring a copy of the state guidelines to your scheduled review meeting in the Career Services office. At the end of the review session, the Career Services director will provide you with an in-house document, to be signed by the student and Career Services director, that witnesses the guideline review.
- Deliver a copy of the state guidelines, signed guideline review document, and any other applicable documents required by the state guidelines to the Dean's administrative assistant. ASL will submit documentation approval to the respective state agency after all student criteria have been met and verified.