State Appellate Defenders Office (SADO) Criminal Advocacy Clinic (5030)

In the clinic, students will work on plea appeals and will prepare a criminal appellate brief to be submitted to the circuit court, Michigan Court of Appeals or Michigan Supreme Court under the supervision of attorneys from the State Appellate Defender Office.  The students will meet with the client (at the prison or jail or by means of video conference), will prepare motions and briefs, and will have the chance to argue in the circuit court and/or Court of Appeals pursuant to Michigan Court Rule 8.120.  The classroom component of the course consists of writing, mock arguments and discussion of strategy and case law pertaining to plea and sentencing claims.  This course involves appeals from plea-based convictions only.  Students should expect to work on their assigned cases from 8-10 hours per week outside the classroom. 

The course is limited to 8 students.

Course Details

  • Credits: 3