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Practicum: Criminal law

The goal of this Practicum is to provide students with an understanding of criminal process and the criminal justice system. Students participate in a weekly seminar discussing various readings relating to the criminal justice system. Past seminar topics have included: the Role of the Prosecutor and the Defender, Criminal Procedure Issues, Grand Jury Investigation, Indictment, Disclosure Obligations, Jury Selection, Jury Nullification, Federal Sentencing Guidelines and Sentencing Policy, Plea Agreements, Pleas Bargaining, and Ethical Obligations. Students are placed in public criminal law agencies including the United States Attorney's office, the Federal Defender's office, the State's Attorney's office, and the Public Defender's office. Students work under the supervision of attorneys in these offices for 12 ? 16 hours a week and, in addition to observing the proceedings in the offices and various courtrooms, conduct research, write briefs and memorandums, and assist attorneys in trial preparation and trial. Third year students with 711 licenses may have the opportunity to appear in court and to conduct courtroom proceedings under the supervision of their field supervisor. Students must maintain a reflective journal about their field placement experience and class discussions and respond each week to assigned questions designed to raise issues important to the Practicum. The journal is read and graded in two installments and each installment of the journal accounts for one-third of the course's grade. Students are required to make a substantive presentation to the class on a topic approved by the Professor that relates to the criminal justice system. This presentation and weekly class participation is graded and accounts for one-third of the course's grade.


Catalog Number: CRIM 608
Practice Areas: Criminal Law Practice AreaLegal Skills Development


Course History

Spring 2014
Title: Practicum: Criminal law
Faculty: Urdangen, Jeffrey (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 0



Fall 2013
Title: Practicum: Criminal law
Faculty: Urdangen, Jeffrey (courses  |  homepage)
Sorensen, Juliet (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 12



Spring 2013
Title: Practicum: Criminal Law
Faculty: Sorensen, Juliet (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 0



Spring 2012
Title: Practicum: Criminal law
Faculty: Sorensen, Juliet (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Practicum     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 0



Fall 2011
Title: Practicum: Criminal law
Faculty: Haling, Susan
Section: 1     Type: Practicum     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 11



Spring 2011
Title: Practicum: Criminal law
Faculty: Huestis, Lisa A.
Sorensen, Juliet (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Practicum     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 15