Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinic

The Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinic provides legal representation to poor children and young adults accused of delinquency and crime. The Clinic is a national leader in expanding the concept of legal representation to include the social, psychological and educational needs of clients. Students will learn strategy, pre-trial, and trial skills while applying legal theory. Students will examine the juvenile and criminal justice systems relationship to the poor and marginalized through litigation, legislative advocacy, and public education, including the development of policies for crime and violence prevention and system reform. Students will draft motions, briefs, memoranda, and pleadings in state, appellate and federal courts as required. They will interview clients and witnesses; inspect crime scenes; conduct fact investigations; and develop effective pre- and post-trial strategies, including alternatives to incarceration. Licensed students will appear in court, argue contested motions, negotiate with opposing counsel, and generally second-chair trials. Licensed students may also present oral argument before appellate courts. All students will participate in community, professional and bar association activities. Students work in teams to foster collaboration and ensure continuity in representation. The Clinic social worker and social work students are involved in many of the cases and activities. All students are encouraged to work creatively, and across disciplines. Participation includes a weekly hour meeting. Students wishing to enroll are encouraged to take Evidence in their second year. Other recommended courses: Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Justice, and Intensive Trial Practice Workshop or Trial Advocacy. Students may continue in the clinic throughout their 2 and 3L years: academic credit varies and will be awarded according to the Law School's general criteria for clinical courses and by the approval of the clinical staff.

Project faculty: Herschella G. Conyers

Students who want to learn more about the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinic may contact Professor Conyers.