Permission of the Instructor. Applicants will submit a personal statement explaining their interest in prosecution and any related experience. Interviews with the instructor and with members of the Attorney General's staff may also be required. Fingerprint clearance and background check is required. Students are required to maintain strict confidentiality to protect the integrity of cases and may not simultaneously participate in a clinic which presents a conflict of interest. Students must have taken Criminal Procedure and must also have taken or be enrolled in Evidence and Legal Profession.
Criminal Law, Criminal Investigation and Discovery. Corporations and Income Tax also may be useful.
In this clinic, students will work on various matters handled by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, including drug prosecutions, electronic interception cases, public corruption, white collar, financial fraud, financial and/or physical elder abuse, and other conflict prosecutions including but not limited to homicide, child abuse, arson and home invasions. The students will work with prosecutors and law enforcement to assess evidence and evaluate potential violations of law, draft indictments, evaluate potential evidentiary problems, participate in motion practice, plea and/or settlement negotiations, trial preparation, and, if necessary, trials. Students will work with and under the supervision of Vice Dean Marc Miller, Section Chief Counsel Kim Ortiz and other Assistant Attorneys General. Because of the lengthy nature of investigations and litigation in the Attorney General’s Office, students are required to enroll for two semesters. Clinic students will be given preference to continue in the summer as Interns.
West’s Arizona Criminal Law and Rules (current).
The Clinic meets as a group once a week for instruction by AAGs on general areas of criminal practice, including prosecutorial ethics. Students also will meet as a group or in subgroups once a week for 1 to 3 hours to discuss the cases. All students are expected to be aware of all related cases being worked on by other clinic students. At the weekly meeting, students will share developments, problems, ethical issues and concerns and other matters of interest. The cases the clinic participates in are often complex. Accordingly, students should be prepared, at least periodically, to spend substantial amounts of time on research, writing, appearing in court, and in other case-related tasks. (The general rule is 50 hours per unit of credit, which would amount to 150 hours; this is a floor). Some or all of this time will be at the Attorney General's office. Students who satisfy the requirements are encouraged to appear in court under Rule 38(d).
Students will draft multiple memoranda and indictments during the course of the clinic. Students will also keep logs of their work.
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Class Participation 15%; Written and/or Courtroom Work 50%; Legal Research & Analysis, Issue Identification, & Case-related Field Work 35%
This course satisfies the Professional Skills curricular requirement.