The Catholic University of America

Criminal Prosecution Clinic

The Criminal Prosecution Clinic is a four-credit, one-semester course that provides eligible second and third year 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 Attorney’s Office of Prince George's 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 seminar 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.

Please note that the Prince George’s County State Attorney’s 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. The Montgomery County Office is accessible via the metro’s red line.

When applying please note whether or not you have access to a car to commute to PG County.


To be eligible for enrollment in the Criminal Prosecution Clinic, students must have successfully completed at least 28 credits.  Students also must have completed courses in Criminal Procedure and Evidence prior to the semester in which they seek to enroll in the clinic.  


  Registration Information

   Students who want to enroll should fill out the pre-registration form, which is on the law school website 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 Curriculum.

Preference in allocation of spots will be given as follows:


Students who applied before and were not admitted to the clinic.


Students who have not yet had a clinical experience.


Other third year students.


*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 Martin at of Janaye Guinn at

Related Links

> Criminal Prosecution Clinic  Application for Spring Semester

> Criminal Prosecution Clinic Application for Fall Semester