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Attorney General-Criminal Appeals Division

Attorney General

Fall; Spring


Legal Research & Analysis; Policy; Writing for Litigation

Work Description

Description of Organization:  The Attorney General's Office represents the State in all criminal matters filed in the Appellate Division of the Judicial Branch -- in the Supreme Court of North Carolina, this means primarily petitions for discretionary review, responses to PDR's, and briefs as appellant and appellee; and in the North Carolina Court of Appeals, for direct appeals, this means primarily appellee briefs and, 5-10% of the time, State's briefs as appellant, and for extraordinary writs such as certiorari and mandamus, this means primarily responses to petitions filed by attorneys or pro se petitioners. 


Description of student work/projects:  Externs are assigned to research and draft responses to petitions for writ of certiorari, mandamus, and habeas corpus, usually filed by pro se petitioners and almost always containing jurisdictional issues and constitutional issues involving due process, double jeopardy, ex post facto principles, etc.  Externs are also assigned to research and draft portions of criminal briefs.  Supervising attorneys edit drafts and provide feedback on content and writing.


Course or other requirements/preferences:    Prefer students who have taken courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, rules of evidence, and constitutional law.  Prefer students who are at ease writing and who have a strong interest in appellate writing, criminal law, and prosecution.  

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