Public Defender Program

This yearlong externship program is designed to provide students with an understanding of the process of criminal defense while offering practical, hands-on experiences with actual persons accused of a crime.

Students will learn the stages of a criminal case involving an adult, specifically, the impact that the criminal justice system has on the accused. This knowledge and exposure to real cases will allow students to interactively participate in the criminal courts with the prerogative of assisting clients and limiting potential consequences, both direct and collateral. To that end, students will have the unique opportunity to prepare, file and argue various motions, handle preliminary hearings before district justices and participate in diverse interactions in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County.

  • Yearlong Pass /Fail Course
  • Credits: 6 Credits (3 classroom credits, 3 non-classroom credits)
  • Enrollment: 8 Students
  • Clinic Hours to Be Completed: 270 Hours (minimum of 10 hours per week)
  • Class Meeting Time: Thursday, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Class Location:  Room 201, Tribone Building

Supervising Attorneys

Elliot Howsie

Stacey Steiner

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