University of New Hampshire

School of Law

School of Law

Criminal Practice Clinic

The Criminal Practice Clinic and Advanced Criminal Practice Clinic allow students to represent clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies in the Circuit and Superior Courts. While participating in these clinics, students are responsible for interviewing their client, conducting an investigation, filing motions, negotiating with the prosecutor, and trying the case before a judge or jury.

Students work under the direct supervision of a clinical professor, an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Students are certified to practice by the New Hampshire Supreme Court under Rule 36. They appear in a variety of courts for bench trials, jury trials, sentencing hearings, violations of probation, parole revocation hearings, and post-conviction proceedings. 

Students in the Criminal Practice Clinic also complete an intensive, practice-based class that includes active trial simulations. Cases include DWI and other serious driving offenses, assaults, thefts, possession/sale of drugs, resisting arrest, criminal trespass, and criminal threatening offenses.