Prosecution Law Clinic

Faculty: Adjunct Professors Jane Darst and Rachel Smith 

Prosecution Law Clinic students work part-time as rule 13 certified attorneys in the St. Louis City Circuit Attorney’s Office. Students in the Clinic have the opportunity to handle, or assist experienced prosecutors in handling, the prosecution of state-level crimes in the City of St. Louis while also gaining exposure to the legal and ethical problems that prosecutors face in practice. The Clinic operates out of the City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office (in the Carnahan Courthouse in downtown St. Louis) and is co-directed by Jane Darst, First Assistant Circuit Attorney, and Rachel Smith, Chief Prosecutor in the Community Affairs Bureau. Students in the Prosecution Clinic will work on cases with other prosecutors in the Circuit Attorney’s Office, as assigned by the Clinic’s co-directors.

In this clinic, students can expect to engage in: problem solving; legal analysis and reasoning; legal research; factual investigation; witness interviewing and preparation; oral and written communication; litigation; organization and management of legal work; and recognizing and resolving ethical dilemmas and the prosecutor’s special responsibilities.

Students: Click here to view information about the Prosecution Law Clinic. This handout provides general information that will be helpful for you to know before registering.