Curriculum

Clinic - Military Legal Practice

Credits: 3.00
Faculty: Karen Hennigan

Under the supervision of an Assistant United States Attorney and federal practitioners from the Department of Defense, the Department of the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Office of General Counsel for Veterans Affairs students will represent the government in an array of areas relating to military legal practice including labor and employment law, defense contracting, medical malpractice, legal assistance of military members, and family law.

The students will be assigned at the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn, the Army Corps of Engineers Legal Office in Manhattan, the Office of the Regional Counsel for Veterans Affairs in Brooklyn, and other appropriate placements. Students will be exposed to and also receive training in relevant aspects of military practice and civil practice and, where applicable, military criminal law. Students also will discuss the role and ethics of being a government lawyer.

Seminar Credits: 2.00

Seminar: The clinic includes a 2-credit weekly seminar where students receive formal training from the supervising AUSA on federal and military civil and criminal practice. The seminar also will include guest speakers from the Department of Defense (active duty and civilian), who will share experiences relative to practice as a military attorney. Speakers will discuss military criminal procedure, trial and defense of courts-martial, legal issues relating to Operations around the world including Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and other relevant topics.