The course will examine the roles and responsibilities of the prosecutor, with a particular focus on federal prosecutors. The course will consider questions concerning the politics of prosecution, the role of the prosecutor in the adversarial system (and whether that system is the best for achieving justice), and the autonomy and discretion of the prosecutor. We will look at issues that arise at the policy level for prosecutors, as well as those that face individual prosecutors in their work. Some specific topics that will be addressed will include prosecutorial ethics; disclosure and discovery issues; pretrial publicity; investigations (including use of the grand jury); sentencing; federalization of crime; and dealing with informants, cooperators, and victims. We will consider these issues in the context of different areas of criminal prosecution, including white-collar crime, organized crime, urban violence, and terrorism. A paper will be required in lieu of an examination.
The classroom component of this clinical course satisfies the Law School's professional responsibility requirement.
Optional Clinical: Students may consider also enrolling in the Government Lawyer: United States Attorney Clinic (2-4 Fall or Spring credits), for details view the clinic descriptions.