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Student Work

The Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) offers a unique union of classroom instruction and hands-on experience for students who represent indigent adults and juvenile clients facing misdemeanor and felony charges in the Boston criminal courts. CJI also performs research in a variety of criminal justice areas and provides valuable educational experiences. Students are assigned cases in local district and juvenile courts, handling everything from the arraignment to investigation to motions to trial. Under the supervision of experienced clinical instructors, students handle an average of six to eight misdemeanor and felony cases during the semester. Students also represent juvenile clients in administrative and school hearings. In addition, student practice includes interlocutory appellate representation in the Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court. CJI students learn to provide client-centered representation, developing their advocacy skills to help their clients both in and out of the courtroom.

Students conduct criminal defense work, including but not limited to:

  • Engage in factual and legal investigations of criminal cases
  • Interview witnesses and indigent clients
  • Argue motions and try cases before a court

Visit CJI’s Website 


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An info session presented by

Kristin Muniz, Senior Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law, Jennifer McKinnon, Clinical Instructor, and clinic students

47:12 Audio Play

How to Register

CJI is opened to 3Ls only and is offered in the Fall-Winter and Winter Spring semester. You can learn about the required clinical course component, clinical credits, additional requirements, and the clinical registration process, by reading the course catalog description and exploring the links in this section.

In the News

Faculty and Staff

Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr. (Clinical Professor of Law and Director)
Dehlia Umunna (Clinical Professor of Law and Deputy Director)
Robert E. Proctor (Senior Clinical Instructor)
Lia Monahon (Clinical Instructor)
Sadiq Reza (Clinical Instructor)
Aditi Goel (Clinical Instructor)
Chris Pierce (Social Worker)
Amy E. Soto (Administrative Director)
Carol M. Flores (Administrative Coordinator)


Criminal Justice Institute
6 Everett Street
Suite 5116 (WCC)
Harvard Law School
CJI’s Website