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Indigent Criminal Justice Clinic

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Credit Only: N Anon Gr: N

The Indigent Criminal Justice Clinic provides students with the opportunity to represent indigent criminal defendants accused of misdemeanor offenses in the Centre County Court of Common Pleas under the supervision of an attorney from the Centre County Public Defender Office. Students learn litigation, negotiation and advocacy skills as they represent defendants through all stages of a criminal case. This hands-on experience is accompanied by a classroom component designed to give students guidance, feedback and an open forum to discuss their cases and the various facets of defense work. The subject matter of the classroom component is designed to follow the progress of each student’s cases as those cases work their way through the various stages of the criminal justice system. The Indigent Criminal Justice Clinic has two primary objectives 1) Provide criminal defendants who cannot afford private counsel with highly effective representation that is client-centered, professional and ethical 2) Create a structured and supervised environment which enables each student to gain a detailed, working knowledge of how to represent a defendant; apply that knowledge to actual criminal cases; and gain feedback and reflection after each important stage of the case. Students earn 5 credits per semester and must commit to participate in the clinic for two semesters (Fall and Spring). Visit the Indigent Criminal Justice Clinic for more information.

CORE 934 Professional Responsibility and SKILS955 Evidence. Faculty approval required.