Criminal Defense Clinic

The Criminal Defense Clinic (CDC) provides representation for people charged with misdemeanors in Travis County who cannot afford a lawyer. Student-attorneys 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, as well. In short, our 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. The Clinic’s supervising attorneys assist with each representation by holding weekly supervision meetings, reviewing preparation, engaging in additional supervision as needed to ensure high-quality advocacy, and attending court appearances to provide further guidance whenever necessary.