Brendan Dassey Online CLE

Brendan Dassey: A True Story of A False Confession

Professors Steven Drizin and Laura Nirider of the Bluhm Legal Clinic's Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth use the Brendan Dassey case as a lens for the study of police interrogation. They discuss the psychological techniques used during interrogation generally, and show excerpts from sixteen-year-old Brendan Dassey's videotaped interrogation to illustrate how those powerful psychological techniques can cause juveniles to falsely confess.

Following their presentation, a panel of distinguished guests discuss issues presented by Brendan's confession and case, including the legality of certain interrogation techniques, the power of pre-trial publicity, and the impact of the Netflix documentary series, Making a Murderer, on the justice system more generally.

The deadline for course completion for CLE credits was December 31, 2016.

Obtain CLE Credits

After watching the on demand course, follow these steps to obtain your CLE credits:

  1.  Register for CLE 
  2.  Attest to watching the course
  3.  Pay the $150 fee

The online registration form will automatically submit to the Northwestern Law External Relations team.

You will receive your CLE certificate via email within 30 days of completing the registration form and submitting payment. The email will be sent from

Please note payment for the course is not eligible for a 501(c)3 tax receipt.

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CLE Materials

Additional written materials (pdf)

Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)

Speaker biographies (pdf)

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