DWI/DV Prosecution in Practice

DWI/DV Prosecution in Practice

Course Description

This class will consist of a classroom and field experience component which will educate and prepare students to address the specific needs of DWI and DV prosecution in the state. Students completing the course will have the essential skills required to pursue careers in the criminal law field.

Classroom component
The class will meet for two set hours each week. Instruction will include topics of applied criminal law, evidence, professional responsibility, sentencing and trial practice, specific to the prosecution of DWI, DV, and attendant crimes. In addition to the legal training in the area of prosecuting cases, the class will explore beyond the legal practicalities and educate students on the causes behind and treatment of DWI and DV cases. Students will get a well-rounded education to prepare them not only to prosecute, but to help work towards the prevention and reduced recidivism of DWI and DV offenses and offenders.  

Field Experience Component
Students will be assigned 10 hours of field experience work per week. Field experience will include both case prosecution as well as educational activities to complement the case work, such as attending roadblocks or drug court. The supervision of the students' field work will be provided by the professor, with occasional assistance from assistant district attorneys. Depending on a student's qualifications (having completed courses in criminal procedure, evidence, and trial practice) she or he will be assigned direct case responsibility (under the supervision of the professor) for handling all or portions of their assigned cases, including motions and trials in a wide array of cases. The experience will be rich, intensive, and diverse. Students who wish to gain further experience may be eligible for an Advanced Program the following semester.