Ex. Criminal Prosecution: Manhattan/Bklyn DA - Fieldwork
- Course Number
- Curriculum Level
- Areas of Study
- Criminal Law and Procedure, Lawyering
- Additional Attributes
- Experiential Credit
Section 002 Information
This externship is designed to immerse students in a local prosecutor’s office and to help them build concrete lawyering skills. In this externship the students will learn to evaluate cases, interview police and civilian witnesses, gather discovery as well as present police and civilian testimony. The students will also learn about the unique role of the prosecutor in the criminal justice system. Their hands-on work with multiple cases will highlight the importance of exercising discretion and meeting all ethical obligations.
This externship combines two fundamental learning components: fieldwork in either the New York County District Attorney’s Office (DANY) or the Kings County District Attorney’s Office (KCDA) and a weekly seminar which will supplement the fieldwork. The seminar will examine the fieldwork through weekly case rounds in which the students will share observations, analyze issues and solve problems. The seminar will be comprised of lectures, readings, court observations, discussions and simulations so that each student can further develop their lawyering skills.
- School Year & Semester
- Fall 2021
- Method of Evaluation
- J.D Writing Credit?
- • An understanding of how a district attorney’s office functions
- • An understanding of the role of a prosecutor and the exercise of discretion
- • An understanding of a prosecutor’s ethical obligations
- • An understanding of the important changes taking place in the world of criminal justice
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in various lawyering skills, for example, oral advocacy, legal writing and drafting, legal research, negotiation, and client communication
- Instructor Pre-requisites
- Instructor Co-Requisites
- Recommended Courses
- Other Limitations