Criminal Prosecution Clinic – Kings County

Mission

The Criminal Prosecution Clinic – KC engages students in the prosecution of criminal cases in conjunction with the Brooklyn District Attorney (KCDA) under the supervision of Adjunct Professors.

The Clinic

Each student works closely with a faculty supervisor and experienced Assistant District Attorneys on misdemeanor cases at all stages of the criminal process, from arraignment through trial.

Students:

  • appear on record in NYC Criminal Court
  • conduct victim and witness interviews
  • conduct investigations
  • review police reports and other discovery material
  • draft motions and memoranda of law
  • develop case theory and litigation strategy
  • conduct or second chair hearings and trials

All student work is conducted under the supervision of the faculty supervisors. The faculty supervisors are intimately involved in the students’ cases and work closely with the students in the development of case theory and strategy and in the preparation of the cases.

Students practice as “legal interns” under a Student Practice Order. To meet the requirements of the Student Practice Order, the first three weeks of class involve an intensive 50-hour program on criminal law and procedure and practice in the New York City criminal courts.

During the fall semester, there are twice weekly seminars. The Monday seminars focus on selected topics in criminal law and procedure, evidence, ethics, and lawyering skills and are a mixture of discussion, demonstration, simulation and critique.

The Wednesday seminars are “case rounds” where students raise and discuss issues they are confronting in their cases.

During the Fall semester, students are expected to regularly devote 21-28 hours per week to the course, including both seminars and fieldwork, and to spend additional time as required by their cases. The course is graded on a letter basis. Grades for both semesters are posted at the end of the Spring semester

Links and Logistics

Affiliated Adjunct Professors

Fall – 7 Credits; Spring – 4 Credits (Full Year Course)

The course is open to third-year students only.
Approved for Experiential Learning Requirement.
Enrollment is limited to eight. Registration is binding.
Permission of the Professor is required.

Pre-requisites: Criminal Law; Evidence; Criminal Procedure-Investigation; 

Co-requisite: Criminal Procedure-Adjudication

Recommended Courses:Professional Responsibility: Criminal Practice; Trial Advocacy [Note: Trial Advocacy may be taken in spring semester, but not in the fall semester]

Course Description: Criminal Prosecution Clinic – Kings County (CPC-KC)

To Apply to this Clinic, please visit the OCEL Application Information Page