The opportunity to work with real clients, attorneys and judges.

The clinic provides services to indigent clients accused of misdemeanors in Dayton Municipal Court. Generally, clients are accused of offenses like assault, prostitution, theft, criminal damaging and drug possession.

Welcome to the Criminal Law Clinic

You will be paired with another student and supervised by a clinical professor as you represent actual clients. You are responsible for all aspects of the client's defense, including client interview and counseling; court pre-trial conferences; fact discovery and pre-trial motions; plea negotiations and trial.

When participating in the clinic, you may expect to:

  • Acquire a limited license to participate
  • Handle three to four cases during the semester
  • Devote substantial time to the program: attend two 90-minute classes per week and schedule at least six clinic hours per week
  • Attend irregularly scheduled court events: client and witness conferences and orientation sessions with Dayton Municipal Court and the Public Defender's Office
  • Actively participate in the class component
  • Explore ethical and practical criminal defense issues through lecture and simulations
  • Develop effective representation skills
  • Present your assigned cases in class for review and input from fellow participants

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2772