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LAW 0717: Federal Criminal Practice: Federal Defender
Spring 2024 • Section S21 • CRN 27460

Course Description

In this live client experiential program, students will learn about federal criminal practice in The Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Through course work and working with Federal Defenders, students will write motions to suppress, conduct research and help in trial preparation for the myriad of criminal cases currently in the federal system. This program involves exposure to high profile cases within the Eastern District, direct contact with clients, court observation and analysis of topical issues in criminal justice.


Day/Time Location Note
M 5:00-7:00 PM TBA Federal Defender's Office

Additional Time Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 10 hours each week of the semester of experiential work, classroom learning, or out of class assignments.

Course Details

  • Nancy MacEoin
  • Anna Kessler
Credit Hours

3 Credits



Course Type
  • Externship
Course Modality


Fulfills J.D. Requirement
  • Experiential/Professional Skills


Registration Info

Registration Notes

Students must be vaccinated to participate in this clinic.


You must have completed the following courses before enrolling in this course:

  • LAW 0460 (Trial Advocacy I ) or LAW 0558 (Introduction to Trial Advocacy)
  • LAW 0532 (Criminal Procedure I)
  • LAW 0540 (Evidence) (C or better)

Equivalent Courses

You may not register for this course if you are enrolled in or have already taken the following:

  • LAW 0724 (Federal Criminal Practice: United States Attorney)

Book List/Materials

No book purchases are required or recommended for this course.