Course Information

Course Description: Criminal Defense Clinic


Elizabeth Esser-Stuart ’18 and Jessica Cisneros ’18 proudly display dismissal paperwork after helping their client avoid the harsh collateral consequences that would have come with a criminal conviction.

Students, working pursuant to the third-year practice rule and under the supervision of CDC faculty,  represent men and women charged with misdemeanors in Travis County.  Students function as lead counsel, working directly with clients to identify goals for the representation and to develop strategies in an effort to achieve the best possible outcome. Students maintain a primary role at all court appearances, whether those appearances involve negotiations, discussions with a judge, evidentiary hearings, or trial. Depending on the stage of assigned cases, other responsibilities often include investigation, discovery practice, and drafting of motions.