Criminal Defense Clinic
The Criminal Defense Clinic empowers students to defend clients facing criminal charges in court and fight systemic disparity and injustice in the criminal system.
The clinic guides students in an examination of mass incarceration and misdemeanor enforcement. Students will design creative, data-backed responses and work with an array of community and advocacy partners to pursue justice. Through weekly seminar sessions, individual supervision meetings, and trial team brainstorming, student-advocates gain experience in client representation and trial preparation.
Students regularly appear in criminal court and work closely with clinic supervisors to strategize and prepare. As lead counsel, students build and utilize skills in client interaction, case planning and investigation, negotiation, and trial advocacy to vindicate the rights of their individual clients.
The unique emphasis of this clinic and the groundbreaking space that Duke Law is filling by incorporating data and science at the trial advocacy level as well as in policy reform is especially exciting. This interdisciplinary approach is the vanguard of criminal defense and expands the impact that trial level attorneys can have.