Academic Programs

Criminal Clinical Program Requirements

The criminal law clinical programs, both Defenders and Prosecutors, is offered in different formats to 2L students and 3L students. For specific course information, click here.


Third Year Track

The third year track is open to 16 students.

Fall 3L Year

In the fall semester, students participate in a five credit course that combines classroom instruction with field work. Students assist senior students in the Defender and Prosecutor programs in preparing their cases, interviewing witnesses and preparing them to testify, and doing legal research and fact investigation. The courtroom participation in this semester is limited to observation and second seating the senior members.

Spring 3L Year

In the spring semester, students become the senior members of the program and are assigned to either the Prosecutor (5 credits) or Defender component (8 credits).


Second Year Track

The second year track is open to 16 students. These students begin the program in the spring of their 2L year, and continue the program in the fall of their 3L year.

Spring 2L Year

In the spring semester, students will take two courses for a total of eight credits. They assist senior students in the Defender and Prosecutor programs in preparing their cases, interviewing witnesses and preparing them to testify, and doing legal research and fact investigation. Their courtroom participation in this semester is limited to observation and second seating the senior students whom they have assisted.

Fall 3L Year

Students continue in the fall 3L semester as the senior members of the program. Students are assigned to the Prosecutor or Defender program. During the fall 3L semester, students participate in an intensive three course program that entails 14 credits.