Criminal Defense Clinic

Yvonne Taylor, Adjunct Criminal Defense Clinic

Students in the Criminal Defense Clinic will be assigned misdemeanor cases and be responsible for handling all legal aspects of the case from arraignment to fact investigation to trial. The Clinic selects misdemeanor cases with a high probability of going to trial, which increases the likelihood of each student serving as lead attorney. Students will learn the law in a real-life context and develop profession and problem-solving skills. Students will be exposed to a wide range of cases such as assaults, thefts, driving while intoxicated and drug possession. Students will have the opportunity to investigate crime scenes and interview witnesses.

The clinic will consist of a classroom component and courtroom component. The classroom component will focus on case preparation, advocacy skills and ethical considerations. The courtroom component will allow students to negotiate plea agreements and sit first chair as lead counsel in a jury trial. The clinic format is also designed to allow students to explore the intersection of criminal laws and social issues while receiving one-on-one supervision from former judge and prosecutor Yvonne Taylor.


Semester/ Credit Hours



Criminal Defense Clinic I

Fall & Spring
3 Credit Hours, graded.

Students must complete 50 hours for every credit.

Evidence, good academic standing and completion of 45 credits.

Students must attend a mandatory ½ day orientation held the Wednesday before the first day of school.