Cln-Domestic Viol Pros-Hybrid

Academic Year

In this graded one semester experience, students will assist in the active prosecution of domestic violence crimes while acquiring basic professional and courtroom skills. In the weekly two hour classroom component, students will learn to interview victims and witnesses, analyze appropriate charging of crimes, engage in fact investigation and plea negotiations, conduct arraignments, bail arguments, and preliminary hearings. Under the joint supervision of Professor Lynch and a specialized prosecutor, students will be assigned to work in specialized Domestic Violence Courts or District Attorney Units in the Capital Region and begin practicing the skills learned in class. There are some opportunities for students to continue into a second semester to concentrate on advanced witness examination and trial skills in the context of domestic violence prosecution.