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SC Office of Indigent Defense — Appellate Division

The Appellate Division represents indigent criminal defendants who seek appellate review of their convictions from the Court of General Sessions. Student activities include research, field interviewing and legal drafting. This Office provides a unique opportunity to obtain hands-on experience to those students interested in criminal law or post conviction relief.

Training: Individual, supervision by SC attorney

Purpose of pro bono opportunity

  • To provide opportunities for law students to work along side the attorneys and clients in the post conviction system in SC
  • To provide skills development and enhancement opportunities for law students
  • To create an awareness of the rewards and demands of being a public interest attorney
  • To observe the SC appellate system in action

Requirements or qualifications

Law students must:

  • be a good academic standing
  • complete and submit the Volunteer Enrollment Form
  • have completed one year of law school
  • have an interest in serving the indigent population
  • have a working knowledge of the rules of appellate courts

Responsibilities of organizations

The Office of Indigent Defense must:

  • agree to properly supervise the work of the law student
  • provide clear and timely instructions
  • seek opportunities to expose the students to various tasks
  • provide feedback when possible.

Responsibilities of the students

The students must:

  • communicate effectively and efficiently with the Public Defender’s office and the supervising attorney
  • complete tasks in a timely and competent manner
  • seek assistance when needed
  • perform duties professionally
  • treat this volunteer opportunity as if it was a paying or for-credit position

Skills Opportunities

The following Core Skills may be associated with this particular volunteer opportunity. Not all tasks will contain all of these skills. See the complete Core Competencies and Skills Inventory for more details.

  • Core Skill: Oral Communication and Listening Abilities
  • Core Skill: Writing Skills
  • Core Skill: General Research Skills
  • Core Skill: Critical Reading Abilities
  • Core Skill: Task Organization and Management
  • Core Skills: Professionalism