Center for Criminal Justice

Center for Criminal Justice

Center for Criminal Justice

Police car on a city street

Civil Rights Clinic

Students provide relief and legal support to people and communities that have been harmed by the criminalization of poverty and other forms of discrimination or deprivation of rights. More

Criminal Defense Clinic

The semesterlong Criminal Defense Clinic allows students to represent defendants in criminal cases in the local courts under the direct supervision of an experienced local criminal defense attorney. Students perform all of the lawyering functions associated with their cases, including interviews, investigation, research, negotiation and courtroom advocacy. More

Federal Criminal Sentence Reduction Clinic

The Federal Criminal Sentence Reduction Clinic works to reduce the sentences of indigent federal inmates and gives students a unique opportunity to practice in federal court. More

Holistic Juvenile Defense Clinic

Students represent juvenile clients on delinquency matters, as well as related school discipline and special education matters, in order to help keep youth in their homes, schools and communities with appropriate supports. More

Innocence Project Clinic

Students in this yearlong clinic investigate three potential wrongful convictions of incarcerated individuals in Virginia. More

Prosecution Clinic

In this yearlong clinic, students work with prosecutors to try cases in local jurisdictions. Students explore a range of issues involved in the discharge of a prosecutor’s duties, including the exercise of discretion in the decision to initiate, prosecute, reduce or drop charges; interaction with defense counsel, investigative agencies and law enforcement personnel; and dealing with victims and other witnesses. More

Gerald Smith and family