Curriculum

Clinic - Prosecutors: Brooklyn District Attorney

Credits: 3.00
Faculty: Lisa Smith

Recommended: Criminal Procedure I and Evidence

Under the supervision of a faculty member, students work as Student Assistant District Attorneys in the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, handling all stages of the prosecution of misdemeanor cases from intake in the complaint room through final disposition. The work includes complaint drafting, motion practice, plea negotiation, interviewing and counseling witnesses, and conducting evidentiary hearings. Students also are permitted to try cases before a judge or jury. The students are personally responsible for the cases, appear in court, and learn the legal and ethical skills of prosecution by actually making the decisions the cases require.

Seminar Credits: 2.00

Seminar: The clinic includes a 2-credit seminar focusing on the legal, ethical, and skills dimensions of the prosecutor.

Enrollment Notes: Enrollment is limited to third-year students. This clinic requires a two-semester commitment.