This Criminal Defense Clinic is a one semester litigation specialty clinic. Students in this clinic, admitted to practice under Federal Rule 702 and Maryland Rule 16, Rules Governing Admission to the Bar, will represent clients charged with various criminal offenses in federal and state courts.
The criminal justice system can frustrate and frighten clients and lawyers who are unfamiliar with it. An important educational goal of this clinic is to develop understanding about this system, our clients and ourselves, as attorneys.
Adopting a client-centered, problem-solving methodology, students will identify the client’s goals for representation and develop strategies to achieve them. This may be accomplished through counseling, negotiation or other, non-litigation strategies. At times, the client’s goals can be achieved most effectively through systemic or law reform. When these alternatives are unavailable or unsuccessful, we will be prepared to litigate the case before judge or jury. Students will develop effective pre-trial and trial litigation skills and techniques as they enhance and apply their knowledge of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence and Professional Responsibility. This clinic satisfies the Cardin Requirement. P: Evidence or Basic Evidence
Students who enroll in this course are required to attend a full, one day Law Practice Orientation Program.
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Last offered Fall 2011.