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Criminal Defense Clinic

Erik Locascio, Adjunct Clinical Professor

Students in the Criminal Defense Clinic will be assigned misdemeanor cases and be responsible for handling all legal aspects of the case from arraignment to fact investigation to trial. Students will learn the law in a real-life context and develop profession and problem-solving skills. Students will be exposed to a wide range of cases such as assaults, thefts, driving while intoxicated and drug possession. Students will have the opportunity to investigate crime scenes and interview witnesses.

The clinic will consist of a classroom component and a practical component. The classroom component will focus on case preparation, advocacy skills and ethical considerations. The practical component will allow students to handle different aspects of real cases, including appearing in court, negotiating plea agreements, and drafting and arguing motions to the judge. The clinic format is also designed to allow students to explore the intersection of criminal laws and social issues while receiving one-on-one supervision.


Semester/Credit Hours



Criminal Defense Clinic I

Fall & Spring
3 Credit Hours, graded.

Students must complete 50 hours for every credit.

Evidence, good academic standing and completion of 30 credits.

Students must attend a mandatory ½ day orientation held the Wednesday before the first day of school.