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LAW 0721: Criminal Litigation Clinic: Montco DA's Office
Spring 2023 • Section S21 • CRN 45965

Course Description

Participants, after an intensive training period, will appear in various units throughout the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office as Certified Legal Interns on behalf of the Commonwealth. Students will be assigned to the pre-trials unit, where they will handle probation/parole violation hearings, summary appeals, and other miscellaneous pretrial hearings; the juvenile unit, where they will have the opportunity to work on misdemeanor and felony bench trials; the Family Protection Unit, where they will work closely with assistant district attorneys handling domestic violence and sex assault cases; and, the Narcotics/Firearm Units, where students will work closely with assistant district attorneys handling drug and firearm related cases. Student experiences will be closely supervised and critically analyzed. Mock presentations and evaluations will be conducted throughout the course. Successful participants need excellent interpersonal and communication skills, flexibility and an ability to maintain their composure under stress. Students will be interacting not only with members of the judiciary before whom they appear, but also with opposing counsel, witnesses and victims of crime, some of whom may be uncooperative.


Day/Time Location Note
Th 9:30-11:30 AM TBA Remaining of clinic

Additional Time Requirements

Classroom Segment: All students, regardless of which days they appear in court, must be available all day (9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.) on the first and second Thursday of the semester for two intensive training sessions. All students, regardless of the days they appear in court, are required to participate in a classroom component from 9:30-11:30 a.m. each Thursday.

Course Details

  • Edward McCann
  • Kelly Lloyd
Credit Hours

4 Credits



Course Type
  • Externship
Course Modality


Fulfills J.D. Requirement




Registration Info

Registration Notes

Classroom: First two Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., every Thursday thereafter from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


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

  • LAW 0460 (Trial Advocacy I ) or LAW 0558 (Introduction to Trial Advocacy)
  • LAW 0532 (Criminal Procedure I)
  • LAW 0540 (Evidence) (C or better)

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