Categories: Law Practice Skills Criminal Law


Kempinen, Ben

Course Data

Pass/Fail: Yes

Course Description

Learning Outcomes –students will be able to:
1. Work collaboratively with others on a variety of projects
2. Apply the skills developed in the project preparatory classes
3. Act professionally in their daily work, including but not limited demonstrating integrity, punctuality, dependability, and thoroughness
4. Independently complete focused research projects in a timely manner
5. Prepare and respond to pretrial motions
6. Understand file keeping practices and maintain accurate and thorough file entries
7. Prepare and effectively represent the state in a range of contested court hearings
8. Prepare to represent the prosecution on bench or jury trials

Assessment Strategies:

- Orientation of new externs – introduction to office staff, procedures, and rules and “shadowing” prosecutors to understand how they perform their various responsibilities
- Consultation – regular meetings with prosecutors to review tasks and obtain guidance and feedback
- Review and approval of written work – all motions or other court documents reviewed and approved before filing
- Supervision of courtroom work – prosecutors provide direct supervision of student courtroom work
- Debriefing at termination of externship – assessment of experience with on-site supervisors and extern
- Communicate with project director regarding the extern’s performance and experience.

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