Prosecutor Practicum

Law 545






This class places students in the role of a prosecutor using a semester-long hypothetical based on a real case, confronting students with issues typically faced during a criminal prosecution.

Students will be trained as though they were newly hired prosecutors. Following such training, the students will be assigned to a breaking case and will be expected, as the semester progresses, to: (a) guide agents regarding investigation and rescue strategies; (b) make choices regarding which co-conspirators to approach with plea offers in exchange for cooperation; (c) debrief such cooperators (who will be played by role-playing volunteers); (d) negotiate formal pleas with cooperating co-defendants; (e) present the case for indictment to a mock grand jury; (f) decide whether to pursue prosecution of corrupt prison guards; (g) comply with discovery obligations; (h) handle media inquiries; (i) handle victim witnesses; and (j) strategize regarding motions in limine, evidence admissibility issues, and trial strategy.

Guest speakers include law enforcement agents, litigation support professionals, and criminal defense attorneys. Students will be expected to research and present their findings (in both written and oral formats) on various issues that arise in the case. The course will culminate with a formal motion filing and a mock trial exercise.

Will complement existing courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, professional responsibility and trial advocacy.

D. Duffy (Adjunct)

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