Course Details

Clinic Practice: Center for Criminal Defense

This Clinic's primary focus is the trial level representation of adult defendants facing criminal charges, both Federal and State. Pending cases raise issues involving, among others, perjured police testimony, self-defense, flawed eyewitness identification, unlawful search and seizure, and contested federal sentencing. We may also be involved in a trial for damages on behalf of a former client wrongfully convicted of murder. In addition to frequent and direct client contact, opportunities are presented for students to participate in courtroom advocacy, including jury trials, pre-trial evidentiary hearings, and sentencing proceedings. There are no exams, but student presentations and/or a short reflective essay assignment will be submitted at the end of the semester. And as with all students in the Bluhm Legal Clinic, journals will be kept current on the work progress of ongoing representations. Various readings will be assigned for discussion from time to time. There is one required book: Ultimate Punishment, by Scott Turow. ISBN-13: 978-0312423735. While not a prerequisite, note that students in this Clinic benefit significantly from a current or former course, or other experience, which has provided some exposure to Evidence or Criminal Procedure. NOTE: There will be a mandatory clinic student orientation hosted by clinic faculty on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

Catalog Number: LITARB 712
Practice Areas: Constitutional LawCriminal Law Practice AreaLegal Skills Development
Additional Course Information: Experiential Learning


Course History

Fall 2017
Title: Clinic Practice: Center for Criminal Defense
Faculty: Urdangen, Jeffrey (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8

Spring 2017
Title: Clinic Practice: Center for Criminal Defense
Faculty: Urdangen, Jeffrey (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8

Fall 2016
Title: Clinic Practice: Center for Criminal Defense
Faculty: Urdangen, Jeffrey (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8

Spring 2016
Title: Clinic Practice: Center for Criminal Defense
Faculty: Urdangen, Jeffrey (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8

Fall 2015
Title: Clinic Practice: Center for Criminal Defense
Faculty: Urdangen, Jeffrey (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8

Spring 2015
Title: Clinic Practice: Center for Criminal Defense
Faculty: Urdangen, Jeffrey (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8

Fall 2014
Title: Clinic Practice: Center for Criminal Defense
Faculty: Urdangen, Jeffrey (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8