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USC Gould School of Law

Prosecutorial Ethics Seminar     LAW-836

An exploration of a prosecutor’s obligation to ensure that "justice" is done in criminal cases. Delve into the complexities of the various roles prosecutors play in our criminal justice system, from investigation through sentencing.

This course addresses constraints on prosecutorial power in the United States criminal justice system. Students will study constitutional constraints on prosecutorial discretion under the 5th and 6th Amendment, and particular Model Rules of Professional Conduct that limit or curtail prosecutorial conduct during the investigation and prosecution of crime. Particular topics addressed will include the prosecutor's conduct before the grand jury, charging decisions, plea bargaining, disclosure of exculpatory evidence, trial conduct, contacting and interviewing witnesses, and relations with the media.

Units 2
Grading Options Numeric
Exam Type Paper
Writing Requirement Yes
Skills/Experiential Requirement No
Enrollment Limit 20

Grading Options: vary with the professor

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