MSU College of Law

About the Plea & Sentencing Clinic

The Michigan State University College of Law Plea and Sentencing Clinic is dedicated to educating students in the fundamentals of legal practice. This Clinic is a collaboration with the State Appellate Defender Office ("SADO"). SADO is appointed to represent indigent criminal defendants on appeal. One division deals with convictions and sentences resulting from trials, and one division, the plea unit, deals with convictions and sentences resulting from guilty or no contest pleas. This Clinic will address plea cases.

Plea cases comprise the vast majority of convictions and sentences in the criminal system. Integrity in this process is critical to a criminal justice system that operates fairly. Understanding the system is fundamental to serving indigent defendants who are accused of crimes, both large and small. Clientele is comprised of inmates within county jails or the Michigan Department of Corrections.