Fall or spring semester: 3 credits
The Criminal Appeals Legal Clinic provides you with the opportunity to represent clients convicted of felony offenses in front of the Illinois Appellate Court. Working under the supervision of attorneys from the Office of the State Appellate Defender, you will review the record from trial; confer with the client; research the law to provide support for their theories; and draft and file a brief at the end of the semester. The classroom component of the clinic includes lectures on appellate procedure and roundtable discussions on students' progress throughout the semester. While the clinic specializes in appellate law, it also provides insight into trial practice. You will review and analyze the procedures, motions and evidentiary rulings that took place in the trial court. The clinic's focus on research and writing is ideal for students seeking clerkships or wanting to develop persuasive writing skills. As a product of participation, students leave with a unique writing sample to submit to potential employers: an actual brief filed in a court of appeals.
The Criminal Appeals Clinic is taught in a rotation by attorneys from the Office of the State Appellate Defender.
The Advanced Criminal Appeals Clinic is an additional semester of Criminal Appeals Clinic course work for students who have already completed one semester of the clinic. This clinic course will allow students to continue representing their appellate clients through the reply brief process.