The classroom component for client advocacy placements combines both
civil and criminal practice and addresses common issues of indigent
Criminal Law - Public Defender PlacementsIndigent defendants charged with other than capital crimes are
represented by the Public Defender offices of each county and by
assigned lawyers. Students may apply for placement with the NYS
Defenders Association (a back-up center for Public Defender offices) or
with one of the participating Public Defender offices listed below.
Students may not be placed with private attorneys. Most students placed
at these offices will be involved in direct client representation. Tasks
may include research and writing, fact investigation, interviewing
witnesses, jail visits, court observation, client counseling, and trial
and motion work. Students placed at the participating offices listed
below are required to participate in the weekly classroom session of the
Public Defender Placement.