810 Criminal Defense Clinic (4)

Students in the Criminal Defense Clinic represent adults charged with criminal offenses. The offenses will typically be misdemeanor offenses, major traffic offenses and low level felony 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.  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 seminar taught by a member of the clinical faculty.  The classroom seminar provides an in-depth discussion of legal theory and doctrine and legal procedure in the context of students’ cases as well as examining systemic issues in criminal justice. 

Prerequisites: Introduction to Lawyering Skills (720) and Professional Responsibility (643)
Recommended: Criminal Procedure (601, 602), Evidence (655) and Trial Advocacy (725)

This course is normally offered each semester and satisfies the experiential learning graduation requirement.

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