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Racine and Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office

Students will have the opportunity to work with Assistant District Attorneys in and out of the courtroom in the prosecution of criminal cases. Students will observe first-hand how cases proceed through the criminal court process, from the initial arrest and referral for charges, to charging decisions, initial appearances, pre-trials, motions and trial. Responsibilities will include conducting criminal background/record checks, preparing criminal complaints and orders, walk through warrants, interviewing witnesses, investigating and researching criminal law matters, and preparing jury trial notebooks and cases for trial. In addition, students will assist and participate in conducting traffic court pre-trial conferences and negotiating traffic citations.

State Of Wisconsin Public Defender’s Office

Students will work closely with investigators and attorneys in the Racine and Kenosha County Public Defender’s Office. Students will learn, from the defense perspective, how criminal cases proceed through the criminal court system.

Students will assist Assistant State Public Defenders in the initial interview of clients, as well as in their representation at first appearances and at trial. Other specific responsibilities will include conducting legal research, preparing and filing motions and orders, locating and interviewing potential witnesses, conducting background/record checks, serving subpoenas, participating in scheduling hearings, pre-trials and conferences, and investigating cases scheduled for trial.

Racine and Kenosha County Circuit Court Judges

Students will work one on one with a Circuit Court Judge. Students will assist in and perform various tasks that may be assigned during any given judicial rotation. Assignments may include conducting legal research, scheduling of conferences, motions and hearings, reviewing court files and records as well as helping in the analysis of cases scheduled for trial.