Joshua Jack Jones

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Director, Bartlit Center


Joshua Jones joined Northwestern Pritzker Law in 2022 as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Bartlit Center for Trial Advocacy. Most recently, he helped start the first full-service public defender office in Austin, Texas, serving as the Director of Trials and Training. Prior to that, he spent a total of eight years with Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., where he served as Senior Litigator, Trial Team Leader, and Trial Attorney. In addition, he worked for several years for a small firm doing complex civil litigation. Professor Jones has extensive experience teaching and coaching trial advocacy, including coaching the winners of the 2015 National Trial Competition. He received his B.A. in English, Philosophy, and Political Science from the University of Iowa in 2003, and received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2008. As a student trial advocacy competitor, his teams won four national championships. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Trial Advocacy


  • BA, University of Iowa
  • JD, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology

Prior Appointments

  • Director of Trials and Training, November, 2020-August, 2022, Travis County Public Defender’s Office, Austin, TX
  • Senior Litigator, November, 2015-November, 2020, Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., San Diego, CA
  • Adjunct Professor, August, 2015-2021, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA
  • Associate, November, 2013-October, 2015, Caputo & Popovic, P.C., Chicago, IL
  • Adjunct Professor, August, 2012-August, 2015, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL
  • Trial Attorney, May, 2011-May, 2013, Law Offices of Beau B. Brindley, Chicago, IL
  • Trial Attorney, October, 2008-May, 2011, Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., San Diego, CA
  • Legal Intern, August, 2007-August, 2008, Federal Defender Program, Chicago, IL

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