LAW 715

Criminal Defense Clinic


Criminal Justice, Trial Advocacy

UCLA School of Law’s Criminal Defense Clinic (“CDC”) examines the role of the defense lawyer in the criminal justice process. The central feature of this clinical course is the CDC’s work providing zealous, client-centered legal representation at different stages in the criminal process, including at trial and sentencing, as well as in collateral and post-conviction proceedings. In collaboration with community members and service providers, the CDC also takes on policy projects that address systemic criminal justice problems. A central focus of our work over the years has been addressing the increasing intersection between the criminal and immigration systems.

This graded, six-unit clinical course is limited to a maximum of eight students. Enrollment is by application. A significant out-of-class time commitment is required. The class seminar, which meets twice each week, covers both substantive and technical aspects of criminal defense practice.

For examples of recent work of the Criminal Defense Clinic, see the links below:Law Students, Faculty Secure Release of Inmate Threatened by COVID-19 (UCLA Newsroom, April 17, 2020)Gov. Brown Grants Pardons to Five Clients of UCLA Law Clinic (Criminal Defense Clinic, Jan. 22, 2019)
UCLA Law Students Win Clemency for Man Serving Life Sentence for Nonviolent Drug Offense (UCLA Newsroom, Aug. 22, 2016)Professor Eagly Defends LA Street Vendors in Interview on KPCC's “Take Two” (KPCC 89.3, Apr. 28, 2015) Great Read: Legal Team Steps in for Street Vendor Facing Hundreds in Fines (Los Angeles Times, Apr. 27, 2015)UCLA School of Law Report Provides Recommendations to Reform the Unjust Treatment of Sidewalk Vendors (Criminal Defense Clinic, Apr. 7, 2015)

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