Law 715 - Criminal Defense Clinic

Faculty listed in alphabetical order – please see faculty specific description for requisite information.

J. Cramer I. Eagly


General Course Description:

UCLA School of Law’s Criminal Defense Clinic (“CDC”) examines the role of the defense lawyer in the criminal justice process. The central feature of this clinical course is the CDC’s work providing zealous, client-centered legal representation at different stages in the criminal process, including at trial and sentencing, as well as in collateral and post-conviction proceedings. The CDC frequently partners with a range of community groups, including defender organizations, nonprofits, and pro bono attorneys. In collaboration with community members and service providers, the CDC also takes on policy projects that address systemic criminal justice problems. A central focus in our work over the years has been addressing the increasing intersection between the criminal and immigration systems that impacts our clients and communities.

This graded, six-unit clinical course is limited to a maximum of eight students. Enrollment is by application. A significant out-of-class time commitment is required. The class seminar, which meets twice each week, covers both substantive and technical aspects of criminal defense practice.

For additional information on the CDC, see the links below:

Class Gives UCLA Law Students Experience Defending Real Clients  (Daily Bruin, Sept. 4, 2016)
UCLA Law Students Win Clemency for Man Serving Life Sentence for Nonviolent Drug Offense  
(UCLA Newsroom Aug. 22, 2016)
Work of Criminal Defense Clinic on Behalf of Street Vendors Featured in Los Angeles Times Article (Los Angeles Times, Apr. 27, 2015) 
Professor Eagly Defends LA Street Vendors in Interview on KPCC's “Take Two” (KPCC 89.3, Apr. 28, 2015) 

UCLA School of  Law Criminal Defense Clinic Wins Case Challenging Validity of Los Angeles City Ordinance Implemented Against Catering Truck Vendors (Los Angeles Times, June 11, 2009)
Law Students Champion Cause of Taco Truck Vendors (UCLA Newsroom, July 14, 2009)


Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Ingrid Eagly / Julie Cramer 19S 715 LEC 1 TR 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM 6.0 No No
  Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process; deadine Oct. 15, noon. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU Early drop deadline: 5:00 p.m. on 1/25/2019.
Previous Course Offerings:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Julie Cramer / Guy Iversen 17S 715 LEC 1 TR 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM
TR 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM
6.0 No No
  Prerequisite: Law 202. Constitutional Criminal Procedure and Law 211. Evidence. Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process; deadline June 27, noon. See: ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU.
Ingrid Eagly / Julie Cramer 18S 715 LEC 1 TR 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM 6.0 No No
  Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process; deadline 12:00 noon, October 20. See: ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU .