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Fall 2014
5422 Criminal Practice Clinic - HILLB- 25885

Professor(s): Judge Belinda Hill (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 4

Course Areas: Practice Skills - Clinics and Externships 

Time: 6:00p-8:00p  W  Location: 117  TUII

Course Outline: Course Outline: Students in the CRIMINAL PRACTICE EXTERNSHIP have the unique opportunity to work for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office under the special guidance of Judge Belinda Hill, who serves as the District Attorney's First Assistant. Through participation in this special externship, students with a particular interest in criminal law will receive insight and gain experience in criminal law practice by working at the District Attorney’s Office. The Criminal Practice Externship is comprised of two parts: (1) time spent working in a Harris County criminal court under an Assistant District Attorney's supervision; and (2) a two-hour-per-week classroom component taught by Judge Hill, where students obtain the skills and knowledge required to perform successfully at the DA's Office. In the class, special attention is placed on the ethics, process, and logistics of charging and trying criminal cases.

Under Judge Hill's mentorship, students handle the prosecution of a variety of misdemeanor-level criminal cases, such as possession of marijuana, assault, indecent exposure, trespass, theft, receiving stolen property, disturbing the peace, and driving while intoxicated.

Students may have the opportunity to do felony case work and sit first or second chair in a trial or other contested matter.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: Quota = 6   

Prerequisites: Yes  Trial Advocacy with a GPA of 3.0 or better and Evidence with a GPA of 2.67 or better

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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

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Course Materials (4/10/2014 2:23:06 PM)

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