See co-requisite: LAW 754-010 LAW-754-010 Alexandria, Virginia Public Defender Supervised Externship (3 cr) LAW-795-050 Trial Advocacy: Criminal Defense Externship Seminar (1 cr) The course is composed of two related components (1) a classroom section and (2) a field study experience. Students meet for the classroom component once each week at the Office of the Public Defender for the City of Alexandria, Virginia (AOPD) for trial skills instruction from the AOPD attorneys. As part of the classroom component students participate as defense attorneys in a simulated case where they are responsible for preparation and trial presentations, including developing case theory; interviewing and examining witnesses; working through evidentiary issues; and presenting closing arguments to a jury. The second portion of this course is a 20-hour weekly externship. At least 10, of the 20, hours must be spent at the Alexandria PD’s office over 2 days each week. During the externship, the students will be supervised by the attorneys in the office and may participate in work with clients and witnesses and in preparation of motions and trials. Students may also research issues in criminal law and procedure and participate in case investigations. Students must enroll in both courses. Evidence and Criminal Procedure are prerequisites for this program.
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