Courses 2013 - 2014
LAW B 527 Criminal Prosecution Clinic
Credits: 2-8, Variable
Limit 8 students. Enrollment priorities for clinics apply. Clinical training in trial preparation and advocacy in a criminal prosecution setting. Operated in collaboration with the King County Prosecutor’s Office and the law school’s Trial Advocacy Program, this clinic offers the opportunity to prepare and present the prosecution’s case in misdemeanor trials in King County District Court. For the first weeks of the quarter students will participate in a seminar focused primarily on prosecutorial ethics and the exercise of prosecutorial discretion as they relate to systemic criminal justice issues. The seminar will also address specific criminal law and procedure, local practice rules, and skills, as needed Students will then represent the State in misdemeanor trials under the supervision of a Senior Deputy Prosecutor assigned exclusively to the clinic, and meet in weekly clinic meetings for additional training and to share and reflect on their experiences. A representative from the Trial Advocacy program will provide additional feedback. Work will include interviews, fact-gathering and discovery, negotiation, pre-trial hearings and motions, brief writing, and actual jury trials. Students must be qualified for admission under Rule 9 of Washington State Admission to Practice Rules. Pre-requisites: Evidence, Professional Responsibility, and Trial Advocacy I. Recommended: Criminal Procedure: Investigation or Criminal Procedure: and either Trial Advocacy II or Forensics. Offered on credit/no credit basis.
Not offered this academic year.