UDC David A. Clarke School of Law students enrolled in the Criminal Law Clinic participate in the Criminal Defense Clinic at Rising for Justice. Created in 1968, Rising for Justice (formerly named D.C. Law Students in Court) is the oldest and one of the most highly regarded clinical programs in the city. It is a unique consortium program in which students from all D.C. law schools participate together while receiving academic credit from their own institutions.

Students in the Criminal Defense Clinic represent defendants in misdemeanor cases in the District of Columbia Superior Court and juveniles charged with all but the most serious offenses. Under the guidance and supervision of experienced trial attorneys, students are responsible for all aspects of client representation such as conducting fact investigation and legal research, writing and arguing motions, engaging in pretrial discovery, trying cases, negotiating plea agreements and assisting clients with probation revocations, where applicable. Through reading assignments, mock hearings, reflection, and actual representation, students learn how to develop a case theory and the skills needed for outstanding representation.

The program offers a learning environment that focuses on case preparation and actual experience in criminal practice. Supervision and instruction are heavily geared toward litigation and the skills necessary for effective lawyering. Both classes and supervision promote reflection on what the role of a lawyer should and can be.

Contacting the Rising for Justice Criminal Defense Clinic

If you are seeking legal representation, please do not call or walk in. Criminal cases are appointed at court only.

Rising for Justice
901 4th Street NW, Suite 6000
Washington, D.C. 20001
Tel: (202) 638-4798
Fax: (202) 638-0304

Rising for Justice is a separate and independent agency and is not part of UDC David A. Clarke School of Law. Students participate in the clinic pursuant to an agreement. Clients represented by Rising for Justice are not clients of the School of Law.