Criminal Defense Clinic

Courtroom Justice

This clinic operates as a small law office specializing in criminal defense work. Under faculty supervision, each student represents several defendants charged with misdemeanors in the Franklin County Municipal Court. Students develop the fact gathering skills, practical knowledge, problem solving abilities, negotiation tactics, and ethical sensitivity necessary to advocate effectively for criminal defendants. In addition to preparing students for criminal defense work, the course introduces all students (regardless of career goals) to the effective management and resolution of legal conflicts.