Above and Beyond


Above and Beyond

Throughout the academic year, Brooklyn Law School offers a full schedule of programs relating to criminal law that present interdisciplinary dialogue on emerging issues. For example, the Journal of Law and Policy is sponsoring the Symposium: Crawford and Beyond III: Confrontation Clause Limitations on the Admissibility of Testimonial Hearsay become “Curiouser and Curiouser.” This is the third symposium of its kind addressing Crawford v. Washington and its aftermath, to address the abandonment of a framework for determining Confrontation Clause limitations on the admissibility of hearsay against a criminal defendant, replacing it with a categorical exclusion of “testimonial” hearsay. Distinguished scholars, jurists and practitioners will explore testimonial hearsay statements and Confrontation Clause related issues.

In addition, the annual Criminal Law Procedure and Evidence seminar is a must-attend for hundreds of area practitioners, led by Professor Robert Pitler.

A key activity that enriches the experience of students interested in the field is the Moot Court Honor Society. Criminal lawyers in training hone their oral advocacy skills and brief writing skills, while preparing for competitions. In the process, they also acquire exceptional knowledge of evidentiary rules and trial practice. Both our teams and individual students have consistently won numerous national and regional titles. Recently ranked 7th best in the nation by lawschooladvocacy.com

Several student organizations deal with criminal law issues, while also providing meaningful learning, social and pro bono opportunities. They include the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), American Constitution Society, BLSPI – Brooklyn Law Students for the Public Interest, BLS Legal Outreach – Constitutional Law Debate Program, and the International Law Society. In addition, the Public Service Office assists students seeking pro bono work in this area. Through the Courtroom Advocates Project (CAP), for example, students assist victims of domestic violence with filing orders of protection.

Public service grants are available to support students who secure summer internships in public sector criminal law and we have awarded fellowships to our graduates who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to public sector criminal law for over a decade.