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Students in a trial practice session


To contact the clinic for advice or no-cost representation: 

Coleen Cusack
Supervising Attorney

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This clinic provides second- and third-year law students with a unique and invaluable opportunity to defend motorists in traffic court. Following four weeks of classroom instruction, including mock trials and courtroom observation, students spend 10 weeks developing their adversarial skills by litigating minor traffic infractions before the San Diego County Superior Court, Kearny Mesa branch. 

Representation includes arraignment, investigation, pre-trial discovery and motion practice, negotiations and plea-bargaining, trial, and possible appeal.  

This three-credit practicum course is limited to 12 students. Students must obtain certification under the State Bar of California's Practical Training of Law Students (PTLS) program.

Prerequisite for the course is Evidence. Students who successfully complete the course have the option to extend their participation into the following trimester for either Clinical Internship or pro bono credit.  

Interested students should contact supervising attorney Coleen Cusack at