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Fall 2009 - Criminal Defense: Skills

Allison, William P
Houp, Kenneth E Jr

Credit Hours: 3 (Pass/Fail)  Course ID: 397D  Unique # 29125


No class meeting information is available for this class.

Exams:  None
Registration Information
This course is restricted to upper division students only.
You must have at least 43 credit hours to register.
You must take at least one the following classes concurrently:
29050 - Criminal Defense
Clinic - APPLICATION REQUIRED. Application and/or instructions on how to apply for this clinic can be accessed on the web: http://www.utexas.edu/law/sao/academics/apps.html.
** This course meets the Professional Skills requirement for graduation.

Description
Students must register for both 397C and 397D.

The Criminal Defense Clinic is the Law School's oldest in-house clinical program, having operated continuously since 1974.  Clinic students, supervised by skilled practitioners, represent indigent misdemeanor defendants in Travis County.  Typical offenses include DWI, theft, drug possession, assault, and prostitution.

The three Supervising Attorneys are very experienced criminal defense lawyers and clinical teachers.

Clinic students function as the "first chair" attorney; supervisors merely guide them and sit "second chair" during court proceedings.  Students arrange jail release, interview clients and witnesses, litigate pretrial issues, negotiate with prosecutors, and try cases to judges and juries.  For appeals, students review transcripts, write briefs, and present oral arguments.  Over the years, the collaboration between Clinic students and supervisors has produced impressive results, including a victory in the United States Supreme Court.

Clinic participation requires scheduling flexibility.  Court appearances usually occur on Tuesday morning, but not always.  The class meets 3:30-5:20 on Thursday, but additional classes and simulations are scheduled during the first month, and office hours are scheduled during the client-intake period.  These extra obligations make the first month especially demanding.

The Clinic is a six-credit, pass/fail course.  The classroom component emphasizes the nuts and bolts of criminal defense.  The simulation component emphasizes negotiation and trial skills.  The Clinic typically attracts students interested not only in criminal prosecution and defense, but also in civil litigation.

Prerequisites:  43 credit hours completed before enrollment; not on scholastic probation.

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