Legal Externship Seminar: Criminal Prosecution | 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 Prosecution Externship Program for the first time. If the student has previously completed an externship in the Criminal Prosecution 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 prosecution. A society based on the rule of law requires individuals who will enforce those laws. This class will discuss how our sense of justice is formed and what it looks like in today’s courtroom, with a focus on the role of the prosecutor. The class will analyze the ethical conduct required of prosecutors in the pursuit of justice for the victim, the community, and the accused. The goal of the class is to take a global view of prosecutors: their mission, how they succeed, and where they fail -- and what it means to our society.

This course is designed for students who are taking their first externship in the Criminal Prosecution Externship Program, and such students will be given priority. Please place yourself on the wait list for the class; once you have submitted the paperwork required to be enrolled in an externship, the Externship Office will enroll you 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.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)

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