Criminal Prosecution Clinic

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4 clinical credits

Open to 3Ls only

Co-Requisite: Introduction to Advocacy: Criminal Prosecution Perspectives (2 Fall credits + 1 Winter credit). Clinic and class enrollment is bundled. Enrollment in one component (e.g. clinic) will automatically enroll you in the other component (e.g. class).
Pre- or Co-Requisite: Evidence and Trial Advocacy Workshop. Students must enroll in both classes independently (there is no preference or priority for clinic students). Failure to meet the pre/co-requisites by the clinic's add/drop deadline will result in the student being dropped from the clinic and its class.
Early Add/Drop Deadline: September 4, 2012.
Multi-Term: Fall-Winter clinic (3 Fall credits + 1 Winter credit).
LLM Students: Due to Massachusetts court practice rules, LLM students are not eligible to enroll.

Students will explore the role of the prosecutor in the criminal justice system through external placements in local district attorneys' office. Students will represent the Commonwealth in prosecuting non-jury criminal cases in district court. Since students are directly responsible for prosecuting a docket of cases (under the supervision of an assistant district attorney), they will need two full days free (9 AM to 5 PM, Mon-Thu preferred) in their schedules for this clinic. Under the supervision of assistant district attorneys, students work a minimum of 20 hours per week to represent the Commonwealth in prosecuting District Court criminal cases. While student experiences vary, students are likely to handle arraignments, bail hearings, pretrial conferences, motion hearings, pleas and trials. Some students may have the opportunity to assist an assistant district attorney on pretrial preparation of Superior Court cases and or to handle a District Court jury trial.

Class and clinic work begin the week of October 1, 2012 after the conclusion of the Fall Trial Advocacy Workshop.

The clinic's course, Introduction to Advocacy: Criminal Prosecution Perspectives, satisfies the Law School's professional responsibility requirement.

Subject Areas: Constitutional Law & Civil Rights , Criminal Law & Procedure , Procedure & Practice .