The Criminal Prosecution Clinic does not accept referrals or provide in-house representation.
Faculty: Professor Dan Shemer and Zarena Cason
The Criminal Prosecution Clinic offers students the opportunity to practice criminal law in the trial courts of Maryland, under Rule 19-220 of the Rules Governing Admission to the Bar. Students prosecute persons charged with crimes such as assault, drug offenses, alcohol-related charges, disorderly conduct, theft and the like. As a student lawyer, you investigate, interview witnesses/clients, negotiate plea agreements, argue motions, give opening statements and closing arguments, direct- and cross-examine witnesses and more.
Criminal Prosecution Clinic students are supervised by assistant state's attorneys, not University of Baltimore School of Law faculty. A weekly two-hour classroom component, which is taught by a UBalt faculty member, rounds out the CPC experience.
The office - State's Attorney's Office
The jurisdiction - Baltimore City or any county in the state.
The court - District Court (adult criminal matters) or the Juvenile Court (juvenile criminal matters); some jurisdictions even allow students to do some work in the Circuit Court.
Grading: The four-credit placement is pass/fail; the two-credit classroom component is graded.
Prerequisites: First-year day courses, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Constitutional Criminal Procedure I .
Co- or Prerequisites: Trial Advocacy
Policies and procedures:
The Criminal Prosecution Clinic selects its students through the lottery process.