An in-depth discussion of legal theory as well as practical experience representing clients charged with criminal misconduct. Students are expected to devote a significant number of hours each week to the practice experience, as determined by the clinic director. Additionally, students participate in a classroom component taught by members of the faculty in conjunction with the supervising attorneys under whom the students are working in the field.
Students in the Criminal Defense Clinic represent adults charged with criminal offenses. The offenses will typically be misdemeanor offenses or major traffic offenses. In addition, the clinic represents individuals in petitioning for removal from the sex offender registry as a result of juvenile sex offense adjudications. The clinic provides a holistic approach to representation in addressing underlying causes of criminal behavior such as mental health or substance abuse issues.