Prosecution Clinic

Offered in partnership with the Bronx, Nassau, Queens, and Suffolk District Attorneys' Offices, the full-year Prosecution Clinic allows students to experience the criminal justice system at work – not just by observing, but by prosecuting real cases. Working under the supervision of assistant district attorneys, clinic students handle all aspects of criminal prosecutions, from arraignments to motion hearings and trials.

Students work 12-15 hours each week at a district attorney's office, prosecuting misdemeanor cases.  Students who are placed in the Queens District Attorney's Office work in the Domestic Violence Bureau, while students in other counties prosecute a variety of cases.

Students also meet for a weekly seminar class at the Law School, which covers 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.  The seminar also provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their work in the district attorney's office. 

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Contact Us

Professor Larry Cunningham, Director
[email protected]
718-990-7616

Our Clinic

How to Apply as a Candidate

Students can apply for the Prosecution Clinic during the spring semester for the following school year. 

Attend a Clinical Information Session which is held for All Clinics for one day in March.

  • Next Date:   To be announced (through Symplicity and Law School display monitors)

Submit an online application

  • Application URL:  To be announced (through Symplicity and Law School display monitors)

Upload the following within the online application:

  • Cover Letter stating interest in the clinic 
  • Current Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript printed from the Academic Record screen in UIS 

After submitting all required documents, an interview will be scheduled.

Director

Larry Cunningham
Associate Dean for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness 
Professor of Legal Writing

Co-Directors and Site Supervisors

Tara Coughlin, Assistant District Attorney, Nassau County
Catherine Loeffler, Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County
Mary Kate Quinn, Assistant District Attorney, Queens County
Pishoy Yacoub, Assistant District Attorney, Bronx County

The Prosecution Clinic is a two-semester, eight-credit clinic open to second-year and third-year students.  Students must have successfully completed Criminal Law.  Prior or concurrent enrollment in Criminal Procedure: Investigation is also required.  Evidence and Trial Advocacy are both strongly recommended, although they can be taken concurrently with the clinic.