Misdemeanor Defender Training

This course is sponsored by Co-sponsored by Office of Indigent Defense Services.
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This course serves as an introductory program for attorneys new to misdemeanor cases. Sessions focus on stops and searches, impaired driving, ethical issues in district court, sentencing and jail credit, probation violations, and other issues in misdemeanor cases. The program also provides instruction on client interviewing, negotiation, and trial skills, including a small group workshop on cross-examination.  

For information about other indigent defense education courses, visit our Indigent Defense Education site.


The November 2020 course will be offered online only.

Registration is no longer open.  The deadline to register for the course was 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 26, 2020.

Additional information

14.25 CLE credit hours (13.25 General, 1.00 Ethics) - *Pending Approval*
This course qualifies for criminal law specialization.

There currently are no scheduled offerings of this course.

CLE Credit for Attendance:

The 2020 Misdemeanor Defender Training offers 14.25 possible hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credit (pending NC Bar approval), which the School of Government will report to the NC State Bar on your behalf. If you are seeking CLE credit from the NC Bar, you will need to complete and return the CLE Credit Certification Form by 5pm on Monday, December 21, 2020 to Michael Spinosi.


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

Dale Zuckert

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

Kate Jennings

Program Manager, Courts Group
Defender Educator, Public Defense Education