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LAW 0741: Criminal Litigation: Philadelphia District Attorney's Office Charging Unit
Spring 2022 • Section S21 • CRN 27469

Course Description

This externship will provide will provide third and fourth year evening division students with the hands on opportunity to work in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office Charging Unit. In doing so, students will gain experience applying Pennsylvania law to real cases. They will have the opportunity to learn about the current review process used by the Charging Unit including the crime investigative guidelines adopted by the Philadelphia Police Department and the procedural steps followed within the Philadelphia system when a defendant is arrested. Students will also learn about identification issues as they relate to charging decisions and discuss line-ups, photo arrays and other methods of identification. Students will consider the ethical and moral issues that a prosecutor confronts in making charging decisions and consider how the admissibility of evidence should effect the decision to charge someone with a crime. Students will be responsible (under supervision) for charging decisions in misdemeanor site arrests and arrest warrants in misdemeanor cases (the Charging ADA will approve the final charges). Students will also be responsible for review and approval of search warrants. Additionally, students will conduct arraignment court and advocate on behalf of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for appropriate bail.


Day/Time Location Note
Th 6:00-8:00 PM TBA One full Saturday (class two)

Additional Time Requirements

This clinic will meet in-person at the DA’s Office, 18th floor conference room on Thursdays from 6pm to 8 pm on Thursdays and for one full day on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Beginning week four, students will also be required to complete 8 hours of in-person work in the DA’s Office Charging Unit each week.

Course Details

  • Amanda Hedrick
  • Clint Orem
Credit Hours

3 Credits



Course Type
  • Externship
Course Modality


Fulfills J.D. Requirement
  • Experiential/Professional Skills


Registration Info

Registration Notes

Classroom: Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm and one full Saturday class, January 29, 2022, at the District Attorney’s Office, 18th floor conference room. Students must provide proof of vaccination to participate in this clinic.


You must have completed the following courses before enrolling in this course:

  • LAW 0532 (Criminal Procedure I)

Book List/Materials