Our Criminal Justice Clinic comprises the Defender Program, the Prosecution Program, and the Criminal Justice Clinic Class. Combining defense and prosecution programs grants students access to a range of perspectives and experiences in criminal case preparation and presentation, and is designed to encourage reflective discernment considering a broad range of perspectives.
Students emerge with knowledge and skills in:
"As a journalist who writes about the law, I am thankful for ways the BC Defender clinic helped shape me as a professional and as a person. Arguing bail hearings taught me to offer facts not just platitudes. Preparing for a trial date forced me to improve my time management skills. I became a better investigator and public speaker. Most important of all, my clients gave me a window into the poverty that exists just a few miles from where I grew up in Brookline. I like to think the experience made me a more compassionate person."
Jan Wolfe '11
Senior Reporter, The American Lawyer
"BC's Criminal Justice Clinic was the highlight of my law school experience and shaped the direction of my legal career. My passion for defending the poor, unpopular, and powerless began and flourished in the clinic. I not only learned practical legal skills like oral advocacy, negotiation, client-counseling, and discovery and motions practice but more importantly, the clinic taught me what it really means to provide client-centered representation. I learned to meet clients where they were, to not only hear them but to really listen to their desires and goals, and to engage in creative lawyering to develop outcomes that made sense for their lives. My clients benefit from the lawyer that I am today because of what I learned as a BC Defender."
Chiquisha Robinson '05
Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia Staff Attorney