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Prosecution Clinic

Under the supervision of experienced attorneys, Certified Limited Practice Students that participate in the Prosecution Clinic prosecute both misdemeanor and felony cases in Maricopa County and city courts. Students are responsible for a full range of trial-related tasks; they are initially assigned minor trials, then more difficult cases as the semester progresses. By the end of the semester, students will have had an opportunity to participate in at least one jury trial.

What students do:

Criminal cases are assigned to students who are then responsible for preparing cases for trial and trying cases if necessary. Classroom work helps equip students with the necessary skills needed for the courtroom, such as preparing opening statements, direct examination, cross examination, and closing arguments.

It is the goal of this clinic for each student to receive the maximum amount of in-court trial experience. By the end of the semester each student should have the opportunity to participate in at least one jury trial. Criminal cases are assigned to students and the student has the responsibility to prepare the case for trial and try the case if necessary. Students are placed in various offices, and work under the supervision of experienced prosecutors.

Course information

The Prosecution Clinic is a one semester course.

  • Credits: six graded credits
  • Pre-Requisite: Evidence / Pre- or Co-Requisite(s): Civil Procedure, Criminal Law and Professional Responsibility
  • Trial Advocacy may not be taken the same semester as this clinic

Time commitment

  • Fall or Spring Semester – 20 hours per week
  • Summer Semester - 27 hours per week

Usual Applications dates

Spring 2019:
Priority application period: September 26th - November 7th
Offers extended to students: November 16
Student acceptances due: November 19

Summer/Fall 2019:
Priority application period: January 21st - March 4th
Offers extended to students: March 8
Student acceptances due: March 11

Our People

Kenneth Vick
Director, Prosecution Clinic