MSU College of Law


Professor Christopher Smith directs the Plea & Sentencing Clinic at MSU College of Law.  He works as an assistant defender with the State Appellate Defender Office in Lansing.  Before coming to MSU, Professor Smith taught clinical courses at the Wayne State University Law School and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.  He is currently serving a three-year term on the Michigan Supreme Court’s Committee on Model Criminal Jury Instructions. 

Contact Professor Smith at 517-334-6069, or by email at

Bar Admissions:    State of Michigan, State of Illinois, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan,    United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Education:  J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 2004; B.B.A, Finance, University of Iowa, 2001.