Course Description

Advanced Criminal Prosecution Externship - LAW995
5 Credits

This advanced externship provides students with hands-on experience working in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office prosecuting real cases in the Suffolk County District Court. Students will be assigned misdemeanors (including DWIs) and violations. Students will have primary responsibility for their cases and will appear on the record in court on all phases of their cases while working under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys. Students will conduct investigations, interview police and civilian witnesses and negotiate dispositions with defense counsel, as well as prepare for and conduct hearings and trials. Students will work approximately 12-15 hours weekly in the Suffolk County District Attorney's office in addition to a three-hour weekly seminar that will provide a focused course of study on the prosecution process, premised on the understanding that students already have a basic knowledge of criminal law and criminal procedure. This externship will give the student live case practice in the role of the prosecutor as part of the criminal justice system, while experiencing the myriad legal, social, economic and political issues that are present in the practice of criminal law and the criminal justice process. (No prerequisite.)