Prerequisites: In order to be certified to appear in court, students must have completed evidence and criminal procedure.
Course Description: This course will examine the role of the defense lawyer in the criminal justice process. The class seminar will meet twice each week. In addition, students will work in teams on live client cases in cooperation with pro bono attorneys and defender organizations. Therefore, a significant out-of-class time commitment is required.
The course will cover both substantive and technical aspects of criminal defense. In terms of substantive law, the course will include topics such as bail, discovery, pretrial motions, plea bargaining, and sentencing. From a lawyering perspective, the class will provide opportunities, both through simulation and work on client matters, to develop skills such as client interviewing and counseling, case development, and cross examination.
This graded, six-unit clinical course is limited to a maximum of eight students. Enrollment is by application only.
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