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Criminal Law Clinic

students discussing criminal clinic case

The Criminal Law Clinic offers students interested in criminal law the chance to participate in a seminar taught by a prosecutor and two defense attorneys, all three of whom are leading practitioners in the Vermont criminal law bar and members of the VLS criminal law faculty. Professors Robert Sand, Anna Saxman, David Cahill, and Brian Marsicovetere have joined forces to offer this unique opportunity to students who have determined that they are serious about criminal law as a career.  Students enrolled in the clinic will participate in a class that meets once a week for two hours, co-taught by the professors.  For their practicum students will work on real criminal cases under the direct supervision of Professors Sand, Saxman, Cahill and Marsicovetere.

Enrollment is limited to six students per semester. 

This is a 6 credit course: 2 credit hours of classroom once a week for 2 hours; and 4 credit hours of clinic work twice a week for 8 hours each day.

There is a specific application procedure:

For pre-registration approval for the Criminal Law Clinic, students must submit their application to Dean Margaret Barry, South Royalton Legal Clinic, 190 Chelsea Street, South Royalton (same building as the book store). Application criteria are as follows:

1.  Students must have taken either Constitutional Criminal Procedure or Criminal Practice and Procedure

2.  Students must have taken Evidence;

3.  Preference will be given to those who have already taken Trial Practice;

4.  Students can state their practicum preference, i.e., prosecution, defense, or appellate, with the understanding that they may not get their preference;

5.  Students must include a statement of interest, a resume, and a writing sample;

The application deadline for spring 2013 is now closed.


Criminal Law Clinic Faculty

Robert Sands

Robert Sand, Visiting Associate Professor of Law


anna-saxmanAnna Saxman, Adjunct Professor of Law



Brian Marsicovetere, Adjunct Professor of Law
Marsicovetere Law Group

David Cahill, Adjunct ProfessorDavid Cahill, Adjunct Professor of Law

For more information, you may also contact Acting Associate Dean for Clinical and Experiential Programs Margaret Martin Barry at or 802-831-1036.