UCLA School of Law’s Criminal Defense Clinic (“CDC”) examines the role of the defense lawyer in the criminal justice process. The class seminar, which meets twice each week, covers both substantive and technical aspects of criminal defense. In terms of substantive law, the course covers topics such as discovery, plea bargaining, and sentencing. In terms of lawyering skills, the class provides simulated opportunities to develop skills including client counseling, cross examination, and persuasive motion practice. Class Gives UCLA Law Students Experience Defending Real Clients UCLA Law Students Win Clemency for Man Serving Life Sentence for Nonviolent Drug Offense
The central feature of this clinical course is the CDC’s work providing zealous, client-centered representation to clients. Through co-counsel relationships with defender organizations, nonprofits, and pro bono attorneys, the CDC provides legal representation in criminal cases, as well as in occasionally in civil cases that stem from the increasing criminalization of the civil system. Finally, in collaboration with community members and service providers, the CDC takes on policy projects that address systemic criminal justice problems.
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.
For additional information on the CDC, see the links below:
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