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Students are expected to spend 300 hours in the Clinic during the semester (approximately 30 hours of training and 270 hours of casework). As a general guideline, students are expected to work 20 hours per week. Students participate in a mandatory seminar, with instruction in courtroom advocacy, interviewing and counseling skills, substantive law and court procedure.
The Public Defender Clinic is a graded course (6 credits). Evidence is a pre-requisite. Trial Advocacy is not a pre-requisite, but if you have been through this course, the skills are beneficial to students' cases. One week prior to the start of the semester, students are required to attend a mandatory three-day training session.
This course fulfills the professional skills requirement for graduation.
NOTE: Please see the Clinical Program website for more details. www.law.asu.edu/clinics
Credit Hours: 6
Grading Option: Pass/Fail Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: Yes
Special Withdrawal Course: Yes, the last day to withdraw without special permission from the Director of Clinical Programs is 1 month prior to the first seminar class.
Final Exam Given: No
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Mandatory
Online Course Site: None