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Criminal Clinic – Public Defender Field Placement

Course Number: LAW 6942 Credits: 6


  • Criminal Procedure: Police and Police Practices (LAW 6111) or Criminal Procedure: Adversary System (LAW 6112)
  • Evidence (LAW 6330)
  • Trial Practice (LAW 6363)

The Criminal Defense Clinic provides students with an opportunity to defend indigent clients charged with criminal offenses under the direct supervision of a licensed Criminal Defense Attorney. Students will become familiar with court proceedings such as first appearances, bail hearings, arraignments, pleas, jury trials, and sentencing hearings; and will put their understanding of substantive law, procedural rules, constitutional dictates, and advocacy to the test in the complex world of criminal practice.

Students are also required to enroll in the accompanying 2-credit lab course, taught by law school faculty.