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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 criminal defendants and juveniles. 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.

Students conduct criminal defense work, including:

  • Engage in factual and legal investigations of criminal cases
  • Interview witnesses and defendants
  • Argue motions and trials before a court

How to Register

The Criminal Justice Institute is open to 3Ls and it is offered in a Fall-Winter and Winter-Spring semester. You can learn about the required clinical course component, additional requirements and requisites, as well as the clinical registration process itself, by reading the course catalog description and exploring the links in this section.

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Faculty and Staff

Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr. (Clinical Professor of Law and Clinic Director)
Dehlia Umunna (Clinical Professor of Law and Deputy Director)
Kristin Muniz (Senior Clinical Instructor)
Robert E. Proctor (Clinical Instructor)
Lia Monahon (Clinical Instructor)
Jennifer McKinnon (Clinical Instructor)
Chris Pierce (Social Worker)
Anna Pierce (Administrative Director)
Amy E. Soto (Administrative Coordinator)


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