447.01 Criminal Defense Clinic

The Criminal Defense Clinic will center around the direct representation of indigent clients facing prosecution for criminal charges in Durham District Court. The primary focus of student casework will be serving as lead counsel on misdemeanor cases. Students’ trial-level advocacy will be grounded in seminar examination of mass incarceration, the impacts of race and poverty in the criminal justice system, and principles of client-centered and community-oriented defense. Through observation and shadowing, their own in-court experiences, and close faculty supervision clinic students will develop professional skills in client interaction, fact-development, case planning, negotiation, legal writing and argument, and trial advocacy. The semester will conclude with students extrapolating opportunities for systemic reform, derived from their experiences representing individual clients, with an emphasis on creative and interdisciplinary advocacy. Consistent with the law school’s other clinics, the Criminal Defense Clinic will combine a substantive weekly seminar with weekly individual case supervision and preparation meetings, and clinical casework.

Special Notes:


Enrollment Pre-/Co- Requisite Information

Pre-Req:  Law 245 Evidence and Law 226 Criminal Procedure: Investigation 

Co-requisites:  Law 420 Trial Practice or Law 422 Criminal Trial Practice and Ethics

Spring 2023

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Reflective Writing
Practical exercises
Live-client representation and case management
Class participation
Elana Fogel
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW-447-01-Sp23
Email list: LAW-447-01-Sp23@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - Public Interest
Course Areas of Practice
Course Areas of Practice