Criminal Defense Litigation Clinic

Under the supervision and tutalage of experienced veteran criminal defense Clinicians, students are exposed to an extraordinarily wide range of cases including state and federal serious felonies including capital cases, state and federal appellate and post conviction matters and civil committment proceedings for persons alleged by the state to be sexually violent. Students do investigative work including on the street investigations, jail visits, witness interviews and witness preparation, trial preparation, motion and brief writing, and all aspects of case analyses. Under an Illinois Supreme Court Rule students have argued cases in the trial courts as well as in Illinois and Federal Appellate courts. In short, students are able to gain practice experience at least a year before licensed.

We encourage students to maintain a log of all activites undertaken so as to be able to document and discuss their experiences with prospective employers.