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Criminal Law Externship Course Description - LAW895

5 Credits

Using the criminal justice system as a paradigm, clinic students analyze how legal systems and institutions function. Students work approximately 12 to 15 hours per week at a District Attorney’s or Public Defender’s Office, under the supervision of the clinic’s director and an attorney at the field placement. They handle cases by investigating, interviewing, researching, drafting, and briefwriting, as well as by assisting at hearings and at trials. Students are required to keep diaries, which they discuss in the weekly seminars. Class discussions are based upon readings, simulations, and students’ experiences at their placements, with particular scrutiny of the political, social, economic, and psycho-logical factors that frequently determine the outcome of criminal prosecutions. (Prerequisite: Criminal Law I. Suggested pre-requisite: Professional Responsibility.)