Jeffrey Urdangen

Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Center for Criminal Defense


Jeffrey Urdangen led his own criminal defense firm for over two decades before joining the law school's clinic faculty in 2003. He has been lead counsel in dozens of jury trials in both State and Federal court, and he has extensive experience in the representation of persons charged with capital crimes. He has lectured widely to lawyer groups on the subjects of trial tactics, wrongful convictions, and indigent defense. His pro bono work over the years on behalf of numerous notable and unjustly accused defendants has been a recognized contribution to the Chicago area legal community.

Urdangen's teaching at the law school focuses on representation, both at trial and post-conviction stages, of persons accused of a wide range of criminal conduct. In a clinical setting, students undertake case analysis, develop investigative methods, and actively participate in the defense of both pro bono and retained clients.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Wrongful Convictions
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Clinical Teaching
  • Criminal Law

Prior Appointments

  • Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

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