Students represent clients charged with criminal offenses. The Criminal Defense Clinic specializes in representing people whose serious mental illness has caused them to come into contact with the criminal justice system. Staffed by both an attorney and a social worker, the Criminal Defense Clinic seeks to provide a holistic solution to a client's legal and social needs. Students are active in all aspects of representation, including obtaining records, negotiating plea deals, taking depositions and preparing for trial. Students can also intern at various public defender offices in the greater St. Louis area, including Madison County and St. Clair County Public Defender Offices and the Office of the Federal Defender in St. Louis.
Students interested in this clinic can contact faculty supervisor Susan McGraugh or call (314) 977-2778.