Prosecution Clinic

Offered in partnership with the Queens District Attorney’s Office and the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, 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 from trials to appeals.

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Contact Us

Scott E. Kessler
Adjunct Professor of Law
[email protected]
718-286-6598

Our Clinic

To apply for the Fall 2019 Clinic, go to the Online Clinic Application, complete the required fields and upload the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript

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

The deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 Prosecution Clinic is 3:00 p.m., Friday, March 22, 2019.

Scott E. Kessler
Adjunct Professor of Law
Bureau Chief, Domestic Violence Bureau, Queens County District Attorney’s Office

Joseph A. McCormack
Adjunct Professor of Law
Deputy Bureau Chief, Criminal Court Bureau, Bronx County District Attorney’s Office

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