Academic Programs

Criminal Law Clinic

Like their peers in the Civil Litigation Programs, students enrolled in the Criminal Law Clinic carry full responsibility for their cases while receiving close faculty supervision. Students participating in the Criminal Law Clinic can expect to conduct investigations to formulate trial strategy, file appropriate pre-trial motions, participate in plea bargaining, try cases before judges and make sentencing arguments. Students are expected to follow their cases from beginning to end; in recent years some clinic students have taken their cases to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

There are two tracks within the Criminal Law Clinic:

  • Second-year track: This track begins in the spring semester of a student's second-year and is completed in the fall semester of the third-year. This track is an Intensive Program in Criminal Trial Advocacy, and students are immersed in the practice of criminal law.
  • Third-year track: Available to third-year students, this track offers exposure to the program but does not require as many credits. The program begins with classroom work in the fall semester and culminates in trial work in the spring semester.

Note: Third-year students who applied to the criminal clinic last year and were not offered a position have preference over third-year students who have never applied to the criminal clinic before.