The Catholic University of America
D.C. Law Students in Court: Criminal/Juvenile Division Clinic

The D.C. Law Students in Court Clinic is a six-credit, one semester clinical program offered in the fall for eligible second and third year students.

Created in 1968, LSIC is a unique consortium program that enrolls students from a number of D.C. area law schools and offers students the opportunity to develop trial advocacy skills by representing adult defendants in misdemeanor cases in D.C. Superior Court.

LSIC offers a learning environment that focuses on case preparation and actual experience in criminal practice. Supervision and instruction are heavily geared toward litigation and the skills necessary for effective lawyering. Both classes and supervision promote reflection on what the role of a lawyer should and can be. Students choose whether to defend adults charged with misdemeanor offenses or juveniles charged with a range of offenses, excluding only the most serious felonies, in D.C. Superior Court. Students are responsible for all aspects of litigation under the supervision of clinical instructors, including: interviewing clients and witnesses, conducting investigations, preparing pleadings, engaging in settlement negotiations or plea bargaining, and conducting all motions hearings and trials pursuant to the Superior Court’s student practice rule.

Students enrolled in LSIC complete their casework and attend clinic seminar classes at the LSIC office, located a short walk from the Van Ness metro station at 4340 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 100, Washington, D.C. 20008. There is a mandatory weeklong orientation the week before fall classes begin.

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Registration Information

To register, students must complete the application which can be found on the right hand side of this webpage and submit it to Professor Paul Kurth at

Preference in allocation of spots will be given as follows:

Students who applied before and were not admitted to the clinic.
Students who have not yet had a clinical experience.
By the date & time of submission of the pre-registration form.

Questions? Email Professor Kurth at

Contacting D.C. Law Students in Court Criminal Division

If you are seeking legal representation, please do not call or walk in. Criminal cases are appointed at court only.

D.C. Law Students in Court
4340 Connecticut Ave, N.W.
Suite 100
Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel: (202) 638-4798
Fax: (202) 638-0304

D.C. Law Students in Court (LSIC) is a separate and independent agency and is not part of The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Clients represented by LSIC are not clients of the Columbus School of Law.