Day One: Criminal Practice Lab | TBD

This professional skills course provides the fundamental skills students need to practice law on day one of their legal career in the CRIMINAL LAW arena. It is an intensive 40-hour, 6 day course (8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) that meets on six Fridays (it usually does NOT commence until the SECOND FRIDAY of the semester). This is a separate course from the Day One – Civil course. This course uses a live faux victim to develop the case through the major stages of a criminal case – Victim Interview, Charging (Summons & Complaint), Grand Juries, Misdemeanors and Felonies, Investigations, Mandatory and Discretionary Discovery per Rule 16, Charge Reviews, Defense Counsel/Client Consultation, Elemental Proof Issues, Bond Eligibility and No Bond Holds, Arraignment, Plea Considerations, Ethical Obligations of Prosecution & Defense Counsel, Constitutional Motions, Motion to Suppress, Character Evidence & Res Gestae, Witness Prep, Docket Management, Curtis Advisements, Batson Challenges, Sentencing The overall purpose of this course is for students to see the big picture -- to see all of the major components of a case as it develops from crime to the eve of the first day of trial. Classes are held at Sturm and the major state district courthouses. The course hosts a variety of speakers: attorneys, judges, court officials. There are weekly written assignments due. Grading is based on written assignments, attendance, and a final take-home exam (short answer). IMPORTANT NOTES: 1) Students will need a vehicle (or rideshare with other students in the course) to drive to the courthouses. 2) Minimum business casual attire is required for courthouse visits and judge meetings. 3) While the course is scheduled to end each day at 5:00, it may extend beyond that time due to meetings with the judges.

Prerequisites: N/A
Credit Hours: N/A
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)


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