Criminal Prosecution Field Placement
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. Students in the Criminal Prosecution Field Placement stand to gain a significant amount of courtroom experience. They work 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 to develop a case, draft court documents and prepare appeals.
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 in 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.
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.