Lisa Smith

Assistant Professor of Clinical Law,
Director of Criminal and Judicial Externships

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-0337 or (718) 780-7919 |  Email
Areas of Expertise

Criminal Law
Domestic Violence
Family Law

B.A., Franklin and Marshall College
J.D., Brooklyn Law School

Clinic - Learning From Practice Seminar

Externship Clinics offer students the opportunity to learn from working on real legal matters while carefully supervised by experienced practitioners or judges in the field. Learning From Practice is the concurrent externship seminar that is required for all students who have never previously enrolled in an externship or other clinic. It is a course in professionalism designed to support the student as a newcomer to legal practice. The seminar will focus on the study of lawyers and their roles and obligations, and of legal institutions, with emphasis on learning how to learn from experience, lawyering skills and competencies, ethics and morality, cross-cultural competence, and career planning. The seminar is oriented around student engagement as members of a professional network, actively participating in roundtable discussions, small group activities, simulations, and student presentations. Students will share and interpret their fieldwork experiences and distill the lessons of professionalism in a continuous and purposeful fashion, with faculty guidance and feedback. Gradng and Method of Evaluation: Letter grade only. Students will be assessed based on several reflective writing assignments, in-class exercises and presentations, professionalism, and class participation.

Clinic - Prosecutors: Brooklyn District Attorney

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 rosecutor.

Enrollment Notes:

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