LAWN - Law

Clinics (College of Law)

LAWN - 9310 CRIMINAL LAW PRACTICE PROGRAM (Prosecutor Intern Program)
[4 hours or 7 hours] This clinical program places legal interns in prosecutors' offices in Toledo and its environs. While assigned to these offices, students handle misdemeanor and traffic prosecutions from the initial charging decision through final appeal. Specialized placements are available in the juvenile prosecutor's office, the Child Support division, Michigan prosecutor offices and the U.S. Attorney's office. Substantial emphasis is given the development of courtroom skills. Faculty supervision and regular classroom seminars complement the courtroom experience and provide an opportunity to evaluate the criminal process. Most intern placements require that students obtain a legal intern certificate from the Ohio Supreme Court, as described elsewhere in this bulletin. It is recommended that students complete, or take concurrently, Evidence and Criminal Procedure-Investigations. Students have the option of taking this clinic for 4 or 7 hours. The classroom component is the same for both options. However, students electing the 4 hour course will carry a lighter caseload than those electing the 7 hour course. Enrollment is with the permission of the instructor.

[3 hours] Criminal Law Practice Program LAWN931 is a prerequisite for enrollment in this advanced course. Enrollment is with the permission of the instructor.

[2 hours] Judicial Internship is a program in which students are placed in federal and state courts including the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Magistrate and Bankruptcy Courts, and the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals. An intern is expected to work a maximum of 20 hours per week. Duties include the screening of cases and general research projects delegated by the judge or his staff. An intern is expected to turn in to the program supervisor an interim report in the middle of the semester and a final report at the end of the semester documenting the writing experiences gained from the internship and describing the activities, experiences and cases which the intern worked on during the semester. A pass/fail grade is awarded by the supervisor after an evaluation of the judge's recommendation and the intern's reports.

[4 hours] The clinic focuses on development of legal skills such as interviewing, counseling, negotiation, drafting, trial and appellate work and the application of those skills to the problems of individuals. Typical practice includes probate, domestic relations, administrative law, landlord and tenant, consumer and misdemeanor defense areas. Students in the clinic are given responsibility for work on all aspects of the case, under the close supervision of clinic staff. Classroom meetings focus on substantive, procedural and ethical aspects of the cases handled by the clinic. Admission is by the permission of the co-directors. In considering admission of those students with 58 or more hours, preference will be given to those who are registered as law students with the Ohio Supreme Court and certified as legal interns under Rule II of the Ohio Supreme Court Rules. It is recommended that students be enrolled in or have completed Evidence.

[3 hours] For those students who have completed the basic clinic, the advanced clinic emphasizes development of skills beyond those achieved in the basic clinic in the context of complex litigation or other more involved representation. Enrollment is with the permission of the instructor.

Last Updated: 6/30/19