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|LAW 831A - Clinic-Criminal Defense|
The Criminal Justice Clinic has three components: actual representation of clients in Criminal Court; an intensive seminar in criminal practice, and representation of clients post-conviction. Student attorneys represent indigent clients charged with misdemeanor offenses in the Bronx County Criminal Court, from arraignment through sentence. Student attorney work includes: client interviews and counseling, bail applications, fact investigation, discovery, legal writing, hearings on motions, plea bargaining, trial and sentencing advocacy.
Our post-conviction docket is drawn from referrals and letters requesting our help. Student attorneys read court records, spot and analyze issues, and develop facts. Student attorneys may litigate post-conviction claims in cases presenting colorable claims of innocence. The seminar component of the course begins intensively to ensure that all students master the rudiments of New York State criminal procedure and practice in advance of the first arraignment sessions. Thereafter, the two weekly seminars consist of a class session focusing on substantive legal and lawyering skills, including videotaped simulations; and a "rounds" or office meeting session in which interns present for group discussion specific issues raised by their pending cases.
Permission of the professor, based upon application and interview, is required. Criminal Procedure Investigation, Trial Advocacy, and Evidence are required but sometimes may be taken simultaneously or waived. Preference will be given to third- and fourth-year students.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Law-JD, Law-LLM, Law-SJD
Schedule Types: Clinical, Tutorial
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:
Law-JD level LAW 675 Minimum Grade of D and Law-JD level LAW 684 Minimum Grade of D and Law-JD level LAW 649 Minimum Grade of D
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