The Criminal Defense Clinic provides representation for individuals charged with misdemeanors in Travis County who cannot afford a lawyer. Student practitioners are licensed by the State Bar of Texas and appear in court under the supervision of experienced faculty members. Clinic students investigate crime scenes, interview clients and witnesses, litigate pretrial issues, negotiate with prosecutors, and work with judges and court staff. At times, students may assist in securing a client’s release from jail. Criminal Defense Clinic students serve as lead counsel at all stages of the representation, including any jury trials, and maintain primary responsibility for working with clients to develop case strategies.