*†Criminal Justice Clinic (20519) and Fieldwork (20641). 2 units, credit/fail, with a graded option, for each part (4 units total). The clinic and fieldwork must be taken simultaneously. Students represent defendants in criminal cases in the Geographical Area #23 courthouse (the "GA") on Elm Street in New Haven. Students handle all aspects of their clients' cases under the direct supervision of clinical faculty. Students 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 also explore the legal framework governing the representation of clients in criminal cases, including the rules of professional responsibility. Throughout, students are 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--Thursday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) free from other obligations. Students must also return to the Law School in time to participate in an August 28 and 29, 2014, orientation program intended to prepare them for criminal practice. Enrollment limited. F. Doherty, S.O. Bruce III, and T. Ullmann.
Course Bidding: In addition to selecting this course among the experiential course listings, you should upload to the bidding system a statement of interest and CV by the close of early registration on June 26, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. Applying to this clinic constitutes permission for the Registrar's Office to release a copy of your Law transcript to the instructors.
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; SFALP (New Haven Corp Counsel section only).