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Criminal Prosecution Clinic

 
The Criminal Prosecution Clinic is a four-credit, one-semester course that provides eligible students with a rigorous and intensive exposure to criminal prosecution practice through a combination of actual trial practice and classroom work. Students are assigned to work in either the State's Attorneys Office of Prince George's (fall or spring semesters) or Montgomery County (spring semester only) in Maryland, where they prosecute criminal cases in the circuit and district courts.

After a short orientation, students are given a docket of cases for which they are responsible. Under the supervision of an assistant state's attorney, the students engage in plea bargain negotiations and try criminal prosecutions to the court or, in some cases, to a jury. In addition, students have many opportunities to evaluate different styles of lawyering by watching criminal trial lawyers in action. To supplement and refine their practice experience, students attend a weekly class in which they discuss their pending cases and what they have encountered in court. Students must be eligible for certification under the Maryland Student Practice Rule.
 
In the fall semester, a small number of students are admitted to the Prince George’s County State Attorney’s Office. Please Note that the office is in Upper Marlboro, MD and students will need to be able to travel to the (non-metro accessible) location two days a week.  (For the spring semester, students will participate in this program in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County).
 
Students who want to enroll should fill out the pre-registration form, which you can find in the column on the right side of this web page or can be picked up from Janaye Guinn in the Office of Student Affairs-Rm. 343. The pre-registration form should be submitted to Janaye Guinn, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Experiential Education no later than March 28, 2014 by 12 noon.
 
 
Attention will be paid to the students’ personal statement of interest.
 
Preference in allocation of spots will be given as follows:
 
First
Students who applied before and were not admitted to the clinic.
Second
Students who have not yet had a clinical experience.
Third
Other third year students.
Fourth
By the date & time of submission of their pre-registration form.
***When handing in your pre-registration form it will be date & time stamped, admission will be in order of the date of submission of completed forms, be sure to turn them in as soon as possible.
 
 
Questions? Email Professor Leary at leary@law.edu