Requirements

The Prosecution Clinic is a two-semester, eight-credit clinic open to third-year students.

Pre-requisite courses: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure I, Evidence, it is strongly recommended that clinic students have taken Trial Advocacy.

Students work 12-15 hours each week in one of two off-site clinical settings. About 12 students are assigned to the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, where they work in the Domestic Violence Bureau prosecuting a range of domestic violence cases. Approximately five students are assigned to the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office, where they work in the Criminal Court Bureau prosecuting misdemeanor cases.

Students also meet for a weekly seminar class at the Law School, which cover a number of topics, including:

  • The role of the prosecutor
  • Prosecutorial ethics
  • Plea bargaining
  • Motions and hearings
  • Discovery
  • Jury selection
  • Examination of witnesses
  • Appeals

During the seminar sessions, students also gain practical experience writing briefs, conducting hearings, giving oral arguments and examining witnesses.