Legal Externship Seminar: The Practice of Criminal Defense | L5031

The Externship Office is divided into practice-specific programs. Students enrolled in each of these programs are required to also enroll in an accompanying, for-credit seminar that will address topics specific to each practice area. This seminar is designed for students who are enrolled in the Criminal Defense Externship Program – either at the Public Defender’s Office or with a private criminal defense firm – for the first time. If the student has previously completed an externship in the Criminal Defense Externship Program, he or she does not need to take the seminar again.

The course will take a close look at issues specific to the practice of criminal defense, including negotiating with prosecutors, creating a 'client-centered' practice, identifying and navigating ethical challenges, coping with exposure to trauma, and managing a heavy caseload. This class is not a trial skills class, but instead requires students to reflect upon a wide variety of topics related to the ethical and sustainable practice of criminal defense law.

This course is designed for students who are taking their first externship in the Criminal Defense Externship Program, and such students will be given priority. Students should place their name on the wait list for the class; once the required paperwork has been submitted to be enrolled in an externship, the Externship Office will enroll the student in this course. If space allows, students who have taken an externship in this area in the past will also be considered.

Please consult the Legal Externship Office website for information on enrolling in a legal externship. http://law.du.edu/index.php/legal-externship-program

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 1
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)


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