895 - Federal Pretrial/Trial Litigation Seminar (2)

This course provides the podium component of a full year Federal Defender Clinic experience. Students participate in in-depth legal and case analysis, problem-solving, advocacy training, client counseling, simulated hearings and trials based on actual case files, and the preparation of motions, briefs and case analysis memoranda. Class discussions include ethical issues encountered in criminal defense work. The focus is on criminal defense in the Federal system, including how the structure and prosecution/defense roles reflect social and political values. Students are required to stay current on criminal law procedure and sentencing issues and engage in critical thinking about both legal/case strategy and broader issues raised by the representation of indigent clients. (Enrollment limited to those enrolled in LAW 874.).