Students who enroll in this clinic may count the credits towards the JD experiential learning requirement.
Open to 3Ls only
Required Class Component: ITA: Prosecution Perspectives (3 fall credits + 1 winter credit). This clinic and course are bundled – your enrollment in this clinic will automatically enroll you in the required course.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: Trial Advocacy Workshop (TAW) and Evidence. Students must enroll in both classes separately from the clinic enrollment. There is no clinic preference or priority to enroll in TAW or Evidence. Failure to meet the pre/co-requisites by the clinic’s add/drop deadline will result in the student being dropped from this clinic and class.
By Permission: No.
Add/Drop Deadline: September 4, 2013.
LLM Students: LLM students are not eligible to enroll.
Multi-Semester: This is a fall-winter clinic (3 fall credits + 1 winter credit). Please note that clinical work will end on January 23, and the final exam will be administered on January 24.
Placement Site: Various D.A. offices throughout Massachusetts.
This clinic will focus on the role of and decision-making by the prosecutor in the criminal justice system, with particular attention to the exercise of discretion by the prosecutor in investigation, charging, and plea negotiation/sentence recommendation decisions. It will also involve an examination of the lawyering skills involved in case analysis, interviewing witnesses, negotiation, other aspects of criminal cases, and courtroom advocacy, in the context of the local prosecutor in District Court.
Readings will consist primarily of multilithed materials. There will be a take-home examination. Students are required to keep a journal relating to their fieldwork experiences, to prepare several short practical skills exercises during the term, and to write a final journal entry containing a more in-depth reflection on an aspect of District Court practice.
Clinic work begins the first week of October after the Fall TAW.
Clinical work will end on January 23, and the final exam will be administered on January 24.