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4 credit hours (3 clinical and 1 academic), Fall or Spring
Students spend twelve hours per week working in a prosecutor's office under the supervision of experienced attorneys. Responsibilities may include drafting accusatory instruments, conducting investigations, researching and writing responses to motions and memoranda of law, drafting direct and cross-examination questions for hearings or trials, observing and/or participating in court proceedings and complainant/witness interviews, and preparing witnesses for trial. The weekly two-hour seminar provides background on legal, practical, and ethical issues in criminal prosecutions, and includes simulations and case presentations by students. Participating offices have included the district attorneys offices of Westchester, New York, Bronx, Rockland, Queens, Ulster, Sullivan, and Kings counties, the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York (White Plains and Manhattan offices), the Organized Crime Task Force, the Connecticut State’s Attorney’s Offices (Stamford and Norwalk), and the Bergen and Passaic County prosecutors’ offices
Prerequisites: Criminal Procedure (Investigation); Evidence.