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.
Some seats in this course are reserved for students enrolled in Government Lawyer: United States Attorney Clinic (note: students in BOTH the FALL and SPRING clinic offerings must enroll in this FALL course). To claim a reserved clinic seat, students must first be enrolled in the clinic. For more information about this clinic, please view the clinic description.
This course satisfies the Law School's professional responsibility requirement.