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, as well as 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.
Jennifer Schmidt is a clinical associate professor, director of the Field Placement Program and director of the 6th Semester in D.C. and Law & Public Policy Program. Schmidt graduated from KU Law in 1994 and joined the faculty in 2008. Before coming to KU Law, she worked as senior counsel to a U.S. senator, counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Courts, a legislative assistant to U.S. representative and a legislative aide.
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.
Students with placements arranged for spring 2021 will be supervised by Professor Jennifer Schmidt. For questions about the program generally, contact Associate Dean Uma Outka.