The majority of crimes prosecuted in the United States are prosecuted by local prosecutors. Those students interested in pursuing a career in a prosecutors’ office must learn the exacting standards of fairness, legality and ethics that apply to their conduct. A prosecutor has the responsibility of a minister of justice and not simply that of an advocate. This course seeks to give students an understanding about the daily responsibilities of a prosecutor and the typical challenges that prosecutors face in practice. Topics that will be covered in this course include what factors to consider when deciding whether to prosecute a case, responding to discovery requests, ethical obligations that are specific to prosecutors, and grand jury practice, as well as other prosecution related trial preparation and presentation issues. This course will be a combination of theory and practice. Students will read cases, statutes and articles defining the prosecutorial role and constitutionally required practices. There will be a high level of required class participation and various in-class exercises will be employed to contextualize the issues presented in the cases. The course will be fourteen (14) two (2) hour classes that build on each other and are designed to address the unique obligations of a state prosecutor.
Textbooks and Other Materials
The textbook information on this page was provided by the instructor. Students should use this information when considering purchases from the AU Campus Store or other vendors. Students may check to determine if books are currently available for purchase online.
“Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case” St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition (September 30, 2008) by Stuart Taylor, Jr., and KC Johnson.
First Class Readings
Not available at this time.
Use your MyAU username and password to access the syllabus in the following format(s):