Prosecution Project & Public Defender Projects

Prosecution Project

The Frank J. Remington Center's Prosecution Project is a clinical experience for second-year law students. It consists of four distinct parts:

  1. A three-credit spring seminar which provides an in-depth understanding of the role of the prosecutor in the criminal justice system;
  2. a two-credit trial skills class to prepare students for the variety of tasks they will perform as interns certified under the Wisconsin supreme court student practice rules;
  3. A ten-week summer internship in a Wisconsin prosecutor's office for which the student will receive a stipend for their work, jointly funded by the Remington Center and the sponsoring agency, as well as one clinical credit for their summer research assignment, and,
  4. A two-credit fall seminar devoted to reflection upon the summer experience which satisfies the law school's professional responsibility graduation requirements.

Typically there are placements available in more than fifteen counties throughout the state of Wisconsin. The interview and selection process begins each fall in mid-October. For more information on the Prosecution Project, please contact Clinical Associate Professor Ben Kempinen at (608) 262-7908; or email at kempinen@wisc.edu.

Public Defender Project

The Frank J. Remington Center's Public Defender Project is a clinical experience for second- and third-year law students. It consists of four distinct parts:

  1. a three-credit seminar which provides an in-depth understanding of the role of the public defender in the criminal justice system;
  2. a two-credit trial skills class to prepare students for the variety of tasks they will perform as interns certified under the Wisconsin supreme court student practice rules;
  3. a summer or school-year internship in a Wisconsin public defender's office. Summer students receive a stipend for their work jointly funded by the Remington Center and the State Public Defender's Office. School-year students receive a small stipend to help offset the cost of commuting; and
  4. a two-credit seminar devoted to reflection on the internship experience which satisfies the law school's professional responsibility graduation requirements.

For more information on the Public Defender Project, please contact Clinical Professor Michele LaVigne at (608) 262-9859; or email at mlavigne@wisc.edu.



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