LAW 876E

Ethical Prosecutions

1 Unit(s)

The number of wrongful criminal convictions is staggering. This course will explore the behavior of prosecutors and emphasize their unique ethical and social responsibilities in their multiple roles as advocates for the community, officers of the court, and seekers of justice. Exploring the unique role of the prosecutor includes investigative, pre-trial and trial responsibilities of the prosecutor. Students will experience, throughout the course, the prosecutor’s interactions with law enforcement agencies, supervisors, defense counsel, victims and their families, as well as the charging decisions, witness preparation, case evaluation and re-assessment, and societal pressures of working in a government office. Ethical prosecutions (and prosecutors) too will reduce the number of wrongful convictions and travesties in our criminal justice system. This course would be invaluable to any student considering work as a prosecutor and informative for any student intending to become a criminal defense attorney.