Spring 2015
    Law No.: LAW8608
    Sched. No.: 115210105




Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):MR, 1630-1800 (SL290)
Credits:5Type:Clinic
Capacity:16 **This information is current as of 12/19/2014 06:13:51 AM**
Current Enrollment:16 **This information is current as of 12/19/2014 06:13:51 AM**

Course Description:

The semester-long Criminal Defense Clinic provides a first-hand, experience-based study of the processes, techniques, strategies, and responsibilities of legal representation at the trial level. Each student will represent defendants in actual criminal cases pending in the local courts under the direct supervision of an experienced local criminal defense attorney. The students themselves—not their supervising attorneys—will perform all of the lawyering functions associated with their cases, including interviewing, investigation, research, plea negotiation, and courtroom advocacy. In regular conferences supervising attorneys will guide the students’ case preparation, give practical advice, and help develop defense strategies. The full clinic meets twice weekly in seminar sessions where substantive areas of criminal defense practice are covered, including client management, evidentiary issues, criminal procedure, sentencing options, and ethical responsibilities. During the second half of the semester the emphasis will be on workshopping individual cases, and may occasionally include trial simulation exercises. At the conclusion of each case the student will prepare a brief memorandum reciting the narrative of the case and making critical reflections on the decisions made during the representation that affected the outcome.

ENROLLMENT LIMITATION: Students may enroll in one clinic per semester. On a space-available basis, students may petition to enroll in a second clinical offering after the add/drop period has ended.
PREREQUISITE: Third-year status, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Evidence, and Professional Responsibility or Professional Responsibility in Public Interest Law Practice or Ethics and Integrity for Law Firm Lawyers and Their Clients. Recommended but not required: Trial Advocacy, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Adjudication, Criminal Procedure Seminar, and Negotiation Institute. Students must be eligible for Third-Year Practice Certification.
COURSE REQUIREMENT: No required paper or exam, but each student is required to prepare a series of memoranda in each case, beginning with the intial case assignment, continuing through the investigation and trial preparation, and ending with a closing memorandum.

Prerequisites:Third-year status, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Evidence, and Professional Responsibility or Professional Responsibility in Public Interest Law Practice or Ethics and Integrity for Law Firm Lawyers and Their Clients. Recommended but not required: Trial Advocacy, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Adjudication, Criminal Procedure Seminar, and Negotiation Institute. Students must be eligible for Third-Year Practice Certification.
This course is on the professional skills course list.