Criminal Practice Clinic (Professor Krieger)
primarily for students preparing for defense or prosecution externship
The Criminal Practice Clinic provides training in the trial and pre-trial skills necessary to function as an effective prosecution or defense attorney. The course traces the criminal process from the time an accused is taken into custody or charged with a crime through the determination of guilt and sentencing. Students not planning to extern may enroll on a space-available basis. The course is not offered during the summer term. Grading is pass/fail with an S+/S- option. Students receive three hours of academic credit. Classes generally meet 3 hours per week during the term; the concluding mock trial meetings are 4 hours, usually in the evening.
Note that Prosecutor/Defender externships vary in credit (from 4-12). A 9- or 12-credit, full litigation experience requires previous completion of Criminal Practice Clinic or Trial Practice. Evidence is a prerequisite or co-requisite for the CPC course. Professional Responsibility and Criminal Procedure-Police are not required before taking this course, but are required before beginning your externship. [For Criminal Procedure-Police, you may request a waiver from Professor Krieger when applying for the Criminal Practice Clinic.]
Enrollment in CPC is individually approved by the faculty supervisor. Priority for enrollment is given to students fully committed to the related 9- or 12-credit externship; next priority goes to students fully committed to a 6- or 4-credit criminal externship. Students MUST file an application form with the Externship Office by the posted deadline to be considered for the course. Application forms are available online during the advertised application period. The Program Assistant will register students for this class. Students (a) may not simultaneously take Civil Pretrial Practice; and (b) may not also take Trial Practice (credit will not count toward graduation requirement), except that Mock Trial team members may also take Mock Trial Practice but will receive reduced credit (2) for Criminal Practice Clinic because of overlap. Other important considerations for the CPC course:
**Interested students should be aware that these externships, like the actual work of a prosecutor or public defender, involve a large amount of case processing, pleas negotiations, and the like. A student’s time is therefore not primarily spent in trials, and this reflects the reality of a prosecutor of defender in practice. Because these are high-credit programs, during the externship semester there is also a substantial amount of reporting (daily journal, monthly reports, etc.), and Web discussion with other students.