Public Defender Clinic

Credit Hours: 5
Overseeing Professor: Christine E. Cerniglia

About The Program

Students will actively participate in the criminal justice system and perform the functions of an Assistant Public Defender through all facets of case management, including representing clients during jury and non-jury trials. Students will further develop core competencies in advocacy skills and substantive knowledge required to serve as an Assistant Public Defenders through a combination of experiential learning and classroom instruction.

Placement Location

  • Sixth Judicial Circuit (Criminal Justice Center: Clearwater)

Program Requirements

  • 213 hours per semester
  • Weekly classroom component
  • Weekly case review sessions
  • Five reflective papers