Criminal Prosecution Field Placement Program
Students in the Criminal Prosecution Field Placement gain significant courtroom experience working side by side with prosecutors in federal, state and local offices in virtually all phases of the criminal justice process.
In addition to appearing regularly in court on behalf of the prosecution, interns work closely with law enforcement agencies in developing a case. Interns also prepare and file district court documents and appellate briefs.
The Criminal Prosecution Field Placement is one of KU Law's oldest hands-on learning opportunities. It is also one of the few field placement programs in the nation that specializes in criminal prosecution.
Criminal Prosecution Field Placement Resources
The Criminal Prosecution Field Placement is open to third-year law students during the academic year for both the fall and spring semesters. Students may also enroll in the summer program, in which second- and third-year students may be considered for placement.
Glenn Jewell is the director of bar preparation and the director of the Field Placement Program, including the 6th Semester in D.C. Program, at KU Law. He also teaches the Extended Bar Preparation and Employment Law classes at the law school. Prior to joining the law school, Jewell was in private practice on Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, focusing primarily on employment law, civil litigation, and general corporate matters. He also practiced employment law in Kansas City for four years.
Student Testimonial: Gaining experience through the Criminal Prosecution Field Placement
Eliza Kassebaum, L’20
I structured my 2L schedule entirely around the desire to be a part of the Criminal Prosecution Field Placement Program. I was fortunate enough to get a placement with the same county attorney that ignited my interest in criminal prosecution in the first place, and my field placement has been nothing short of enlightening.
There is something to be said about the advantage of learning by doing that makes any field placement an essential advantage in law school. It was such a joy to have a light bulb moment every time an arrest or evidentiary concern in my internship mirrored the same issues and cases we learned about in Criminal Procedure and Evidence. It helped to ground my lecture learning in something concrete and made me appreciate what I’m learning in law school all the more.
My internship has not only given me the opportunity to learn in a practice environment, it has also given me an experience I would not be able to have anywhere else.
Director, Field Placement Program
Director, 6th Semester in D.C. Program
Director of Bar Preparation