Criminal Justice Seminar
Students are placed in one of the District Attorneys’ Offices in the New York area or in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in either the Southern District or Eastern District of New York. They work closely with individual prosecutors or very small groups of prosecutors within these offices. Twelve hours per week of such work is required. Though duties vary, typically they include victim, police, and witness interviewing and preparation; preparation of trial memoranda; conducting line-ups; participating in investigations; assisting at hearings and trials; and, occasionally, working on appeals. All work involves actual cases, either in the courtroom or the prosecutor’s office. There are no simulations. Cases range from misdemeanors through major felonies. A close working relationship with the supervising prosecutors is fostered. At the weekly seminar the students’ work experience is reviewed and discussed, and key aspects of criminal law and procedure are explored, as is the actual day-to-day functioning of the criminal justice system in both state and federal courts. 2 seminar credits are graded and 2 placement credits are pass/fail. Placement credits do not involve scheduled classes. No more than 14 placement credits may count toward the J.D. Enrollment limited.