Introduction to Advocacy: Criminal Prosecution Perspectives

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Meets: Th, Th 5:00pm - 7:00pm in WCC Room 3015; Th, Th 5:00pm - 7:00pm in WCC Room 3016
3 classroom credits

Co-Requisite: Criminal Prosecution Clinic (3 Fall credits + 1 Winter credit). Class and clinic enrollment is bundled. Enrollment in one component (e.g. class) will automatically enroll you in the other component (e.g. clinic).
Pre- or Co-Requisite: Evidence and Trial Advocacy Workshop. Students must enroll in both classes independently (there is no preference or priority for clinic students). Failure to meet the pre/co-requisites by the clinic's add/drop deadline will result in the student being dropped from this class and clinic.<
Early Add/Drop Deadline: September 4, 2012.
Multi-Term: Fall-Winter class (2 Fall credits + 1 Winter credit).
LLM Students: Due to Massachusetts court practice rules, LLM students are not eligible to enroll.
Open to 3Ls only

This course will focus on the role of and decision-making by the prosecutor in the criminal justice system, with particular attention to the exercise of discretion by the prosecutor in investigation, charging, and plea negotiation/sentence recommendation decisions. It will also involve an examination of the lawyering skills involved in case analysis, interviewing witnesses, and negotiation, as well as other aspects of case handling and courtroom advocacy, in the context of the local prosecutor in District Court. Readings will consist primarily of multilithed materials. There will be a take-home examination. In addition, students are required to keep a journal relating to their fieldwork experiences, to prepare several short practical skills exercises during the term, and to write a final journal entry containing a more in-depth reflection on an aspect of District Court practice.

Class and clinic work begin the week of October 1, 2012 after the Fall TAW.

This course satisfies the Law School's professional responsibility requirement.

Subject Areas: Criminal Law & Procedure , Constitutional Law & Civil Rights , Procedure & Practice .

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