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Faculty: Professors Dan Shemer, Murphy Hartford and Mary Jo Livingston

The Criminal Practice Clinic offers students the opportunity to practice criminal law in the trial courts of Maryland, under Rule 19-217 of the Rules Governing Admission to the Bar. Students prosecute or defend persons charged with crimes such as assault, drug offenses, alcohol-related charges, disorderly conduct, theft and the like. As a student lawyer, you investigate, interview witnesses/clients, negotiate plea agreements, argue motions, give opening statements and closing arguments, direct- and cross-examine witnesses and more.

Criminal Practice Clinic students are supervised by assistant state's attorneys and assistant public defenders, not University of Baltimore School of Law faculty. A weekly two-hour classroom component, which is taught by a UB faculty member, rounds out the CPC experience.

You choose:

  • The office - State's Attorney's Office or Public Defender Office.
  • The jurisdiction - Baltimore City or any county in the state.
  • The court - District Court (adult criminal matters) or the Juvenile Court (juvenile criminal matters); some jurisdictions even allow students to do some work in the Circuit Court.

Grading: The four-credit placement is pass/fail; the two-credit classroom component is graded.

Prerequisites: First-year day courses, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Constitutional Criminal Procedure I,  Trial Advocacy.

 

Policies and procedures:

The Criminal Practice Clinic selects its students through the lottery process.