By the end of the semester, the following learning objectives are expected:
1. Students should have a comprehensive knowledge of the process by which criminal cases move
through the system and be able to articulate the separate stages of a criminal case. Students should be
able to explain this process in an understandable and relatable way to clients.
2. Students should understand the law and ethics around representing individuals in criminal
matters, and the importance of zealous, client-centered representation through hands-on experience.
3. Students who are certified should be able to conduct a preliminary hearing, including cross-examination of witnesses.
4. Students should be able to formulate compelling arguments based on the elements of the
5. Students should have refined their interview skills and be able to interview clients and extract
relevant and pertinent information.
Students will be expected to formulate a weekly schedule for the semester and adhere to that schedule.
This course will entail externship work, class attendance and participation, in-class presentations, and reflective journal papers. The course will be graded on a pass/fail basis. The breakdown of the grading will be as follows:
Attendance and participation in-class: 10%
In-class presentations: 20%
Written weekly journal: 20%
Assessment of in-court (or in-office) performance: 50%