Criminal Justice Clinic (30105) and Fieldwork (30106). 2 units, credit/fail, with a graded option, for each part (4 units total). The clinic and fieldwork must be taken simultaneously. Students will represent defendants in criminal cases in the Geographical Area #23 courthouse (the "GA") on Elm Street in New Haven. Students will handle all aspects of their clients' cases under the direct supervision of clinical faculty. Students will learn how to build relationships with clients, investigate and develop their cases, construct persuasive case theories, negotiate with opposing counsel, prepare motions and briefs, and advocate for clients in court. Students will also explore the legal framework governing the representation of clients in criminal cases, including the rules of professional responsibility. Throughout, students will be encouraged to think critically about the operation of the criminal justice system and to reflect on opportunities for reform. Because of the frequency of court appearances, students must keep two mornings a week (Monday--Friday, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.) free from other obligations. Students must also return to the law school a few days before the start of the semester to participate in an orientation program intended to prepare them for criminal practice. Open only to J.D. students. Enrollment limited. F. Doherty, T.R. Birckhead, and S.O. Bruce III.
Note: New students who are accepted in this clinic must attend a two-day training session to prepare for their first client meetings and court appearances. For the Fall 2016 clinic, these all-day sessions will be held on August 25 and 26, 2016. Attendance is required.
Note: Because of obligation to clients, students will be asked to confirm their place in the clinic before the start of classes and a no-drop policy will apply.
Course Bidding: In addition to ranking this clinic among experiential course selections, students should submit a statement of interest and a CV by the close of the bidding period on June 23, 4:30 p.m.
Note: Students may not be enrolled in an LSO clinic and any of the following non-LSO clinics in the same semester, whether as a student director, fieldwork-only returning student, continuing student, or otherwise: Education Adequacy Project; Legal Assistance, Prosecution Externship.