Spring 2019 Course Schedule

Alexandria VA Public Defender Fieldwork (LAW-754-010)
Melinda Douglas, Paul Pepper


Enrolled: 8 / Limit: 8

Administrator Access


"*Permission to Enroll is Required* To get permission, email Professor Thomas a copy of your resume and the reasons you wish to participate to bgthomas@wcl.american.edu. Co-Requisite: Alexandria, VA Public Defender Supervised Externship (LAW 754-010); Pre-Requisites or Co-Requisite: Criminal Procedure (LAW 508); Recommended: Evidence (LAW 633). MEETS AT ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA PUBLIC DEFENDERS OFFICE. Assessment: Preparation for and presentation of in-class trial simulations; Skills demonstrated during mock trial exercises; and Class participation."


The one-credit Alexandria Public Defender Seminar is taken in conjunction with the three-credit supervised externship at the Alexandria Public Defender Office (APD office). Students participate in a 20 hour weekly externship and attend a one hour seminar at the Alexandria, Virginia office site. During the seminar, students learn the skill of developing case theories, interviewing and examining witnesses, introducing evidence, giving opening statements and closing arguments, and questioning potential jurors during voir dire. During the externship, through the supervision of public defenders, students interview clients and witnesses, visit incarcerated clients, conduct legal research, prepare pleadings and legal memoranda, and attend trials and hearings.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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First Class Readings

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