Criminal Prosecution Clinic

Students represent the City of Delaware and the State of Ohio in criminal cases, prosecuting cases as diverse as domestic violence, sexual misconduct, drunk driving, and theft. Each student is responsible for his or her own cases and handles every aspect of the prosecution including witness interviews, motion practice, plea negotiations, evidentiary hearings, and bench or jury trials. As part of the clinical component, students should anticipate numerous trips and multiple courtroom appearances in Delaware (approximately a 35-minute drive from campus). The classroom component, using lecture, discussion, and simulation, will focus on: (1) skills training through discussion of actual cases and simulation exercises; (2) exploration of the conflicting roles of the prosecutor, ethical issues, and recurring criminal procedure and law questions; and (3) evaluation of the fairness and effectiveness of the various institutions in the criminal justice system.