Felony Defender Training

    This course is sponsored by UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government, and Office of Indigent Defense Services.

    This program is for attorneys who are new to handling felony cases. Topics include discovery and investigation, suppression and other superior court motions, lab reports, preserving the record, jury instructions, sentencing, and trial skills— including conducting voir dire —necessary to handle felony cases from start to finish. This program is comprised of plenary sessions and intensive small group workshops. Due to restrictions on in-person gatherings, this year's training will be conducted virtually over Zoom.

    For information on other indigent defense education courses, visit our Public Defense Education site.

    Additional information


    Attendees: This training is for attorneys who are new to handling felony cases.

    CLE: This training will offer 14.00 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credit, including 13 hours of general credit and 1 hour of ethics credit.

    To receive CLE credit, all participants must pre-register individually. To receive partial credit, please submit your form to Jessica Schoonmaker at schoonmaker@sog.unc.edu by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19. 

    CLE Partial Credit Form

    Felony Defender Training qualifies for NC State Bar criminal law specialization credit.

    General13.00 hrs
    Ethics1.00 hrs
    Total14.00 hrs
    There currently are no scheduled offerings of this course.

    2021 Felony Defender Training Agenda

    2021 Felony Defender Training - Digital Notebook

    Sentencing Handbook

    CLE Credit for Attendance:
    The 2021 Felony Defender Training offers 14.00 possible hours of continuing legal education (CLE) creding (pending NC Bar approval), which the School of Government will report to the NC State Bar on your behalf. If your are unable t o view the entire program, either live or via recording, please submit your CLE Partial Credit Certification Form to Jessica Schoonmaker by 5pm on March 31, 2021.

    For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

    Dale Zuckert

    Assistant Registrar
    For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

    Jessica Schoonmaker

    Program Manager, Courts Group
    Teaching Assistant Professor, Public Defense Education