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Criminal Clinic – Public Defender Field Placement

Course Number: LAW 6942 Credits: 8


  • 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. 6 credits are S/U and 2 credits are graded.

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