Short Course for Defense Lawyers

Plans for the Short Course for Defense Lawyers in Criminal Cases are currently on hold. We appreciate your patience as we develop sessions in forensics, trial techniques, and other exciting topics for today's defense attorneys.

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History of the Short Courses

The Short Course for Prosecuting Attorneys was established in 1936 by the late Fred E. Inbau, John Henry Wigmore Professor of Law Emeritus at Northwestern Law. Professor Inbau wanted to give members of the prosecution bar the opportunity to learn about scientific crime detection, evidentiary and trial techniques and to permit an exchange of ideas. In 1958 Professor Inbau founded the annual Short Course for Defense Lawyers in Criminal Cases to provide the defense bar with the same opportunities for advanced education and professional interaction that was available to prosecutors. Now the oldest continuing legal education program in the country, the program has been held annually except for a hiatus during the World War II years.