Education and Clinics

          The Institute offers Hastings students the opportunity to graduate with a Criminal Law Concentration, focusing on courses from our criminal law curriculum

          The Institute is also the proud home of the Criminal Practice Clinic, UC Hastings’ longstanding clinical outplacement program.  The Institute’s faculty conducts a rigorous training program regarding California criminal procedure and law at the beginning of the semester.  After the training is completed, students work a minimum of 32 hours per work at Bay Area District Attorney’s and Public Defender’s Offices.  The Criminal Practice Clinic is the capstone of many students’ law school experience and is the starting point of their career in criminal prosecution or defense. 

          In addition, students have the opportunity to seek a variety of criminal law opportunities through the Legal Externship Program. Placements include the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Federal Public Defender’s Office, First District Appellate Project, Capital Appellate Project, Habeas Corpus Resource Center, and most recently UnCommon Law, a non-profit focusing on “lifer” parole hearings.

          The Institute actively encourages the development of student opportunities that provide both an excellent learning opportunity for our students and an important service to the community.  For example, Professor Eumi Lee, in conjunction with the faculty at the Civil Justice Clinic (“CJC”), recently created a clinical opportunity focusing on “clean slate” work (i.e., the dismissal and “expungement” of criminal records), through CJC’s Individual Representation Clinic.