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 or Montgomery County 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.
Criminal Prosecution Clinic
Applying for fall 2013
For the fall semester of 2013, students may apply to enroll in the Criminal Prosecution Clinic in the Prince George’s County State Attorney’s Office. (For the spring semester, students will participate in this program in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County).
Students who want to enroll in this for the fall of 2013 should fill out the application form, which is on the law school website or can be picked up (in the wall rack) in room 312. It should be submitted to Professor Lisa Lerman. Students may give it to the fourth floor faculty receptionist to put in Professor Lerman’s mailbox.
Preference in allocation of spots will be given as follows:
|First:||Students who applied before and were not accepted to the clinic will be admitted.|
|Second:||Other third year students will be admitted.|
|Third:||Second year students will be admitted.|
Within these categories, admission will be in order of the date of submission of applications, so be sure to date the applications and turn them in as soon as possible.
Questions? Email Professor Lerman at firstname.lastname@example.org