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Students must also enroll in LAW-754-010. Permission to enroll is required.
The course is composed of two related components (1) a seminar and (2) a field study experience. Students meet for the seminar 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 seminar 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 AOPD’s office over 2 days each week. During the externship, the students are supervised by the attorneys in the office and participate in work with clients and witnesses and in preparation of motions and trials. Students also research issues in criminal law and procedure and participate in case investigations. Students must enroll in both courses.
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