The Criminal Practice Clinic

The Criminal Practice Clinic is a field placement program that enables students to work at least 32 hours a week in select local district attorney’s or public defender’s offices and to make court appearances under the supervision of experienced attorneys in misdemeanor and felony cases involving witness examination and argument. The course begins with an intensive two-week+ “boot camp” on criminal procedure and practice, which includes demonstrations by prosecutors and defense attorneys and has students draft and argue motions and participate in video-recorded simulation exercises.

Course Instructor

Professor Kate Bloch teaches the course in the fall and Professor George Bisharat teaches the course in the spring.

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Kate Bloch

Emerita Professor of Law and Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chair
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George Bisharat

The Honorable Raymond L. Sullivan Professor of Law
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Prithika Balakrishnan

C. Keith Wingate Visiting Assistant Professor
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