The clinics at NYLS give students an invaluable opportunity to develop practical legal skills while learning to advance fairness and equity in the law.

Criminal Prosecution Clinic (New York County)

CRIMINAL PROSECUTION CLINIC – NEW YORK
CRIMINAL PROSECUTION CLINIC SEMINAR (4), EXTERNSHIP (2), FIELDWORK (3)

Professor Frank Bress and others

The Criminal Prosecution Clinic – NY (“CPC-NY”) engages students in the prosecution of criminal cases in conjunction with the Manhattan District Attorney (“DANY”). The course begins with a six-week intensive training program. Afterwards students begin fieldwork devoting three full days per week.

Students will work in the Quality of Life part of the Criminal Court under the supervision of experienced ADAs. Students will (i) conduct investigations and prepare discovery, (ii) appear at court calendar calls, (iii) engage in motion practice, (iv) prepare cases for hearings and trial, and (v) conduct hearings and trials.

Once fieldwork commences, the seminar will meet weekly for two hours and will include (a) case rounds, skills training, substantive criminal law and procedure, ethics and professional responsibility as necessitated by the students’ case work, and (b) consideration of existing policies and procedures and proposed systemic reforms in the criminal justice system.

In the fall students will receive 7 credits (4 seminar, 3 fieldwork). In the Spring, students will receive 6 credits (2 seminar, 4 externship). Fieldwork will continue on a three full-day a week basis, and the seminar will continue to meet once a week for an-hour-and-forty minutes.

Students should expect to spend in the fall semester a minimum of 28 hours per week on the course, including fieldwork and seminars, and in the spring semester a minimum of 24 hours per week.

The course is graded on a regular basis, except the 4 externship credits in the spring are graded pass-fail.

Prerequisites:
Criminal Procedure – Investigation
Professional Responsibility – Criminal Practice [Fall 2014 and beyond]

Corequisites:
Professional Responsibility – Criminal Practice [Fall 2013 only]
Trial Advocacy [Mandatory in Fall Semester]
Criminal Procedure – Adjudication (Process: Arrest to Trial) [Optional either semester]