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Laura O'Sullivan

Associate Clinical Professor of Law

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Laura O’Sullivan received her accounting and business administration degrees from the University of Kansas. She entered Billiken territory, earning her Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University School of Law. In August 2011, Professor O'Sullivan joined the University of Missouri as a clinical professor teaching the Wrongful Convictions course, a pre-requisite to participation in the Midwest Innocence Project Clinic. Working under the legal direction of Professor O'Sullivan and the staff at the Midwest Innocence Project, students help identify, investigate, and fight for the freedom of innocent people wrongfully convicted.  

Prior to joining the faculty, Laura worked on criminal, family and civil cases for Fredman & Fredman, P.C., a boutique law firm in Saint Louis. As a partner in Hughes & O’Sullivan, PC, she continued to represent individuals fighting for justice in state and federal courts. While working with the Missouri State Public Defender, she gained extensive trial, appellate, post-conviction, and management experience culminating in her role as training director for the system.  

She attended Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College in 1998, as well as the TLC Death Penalty College in 2010. Professor O'Sullivan served on the faculty of training programs in Missouri, Kentucky and Louisiana, and now proudly serves on the faculty of the Trial Lawyers College training lawyers from all over the country.  

Areas of expertise

Criminal law, trial advocacy, innocence project


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