Victims’ Rights Externship

Victims’ Rights Externship

Available to:  2nd and 3rd year students

Victims’ Rights Guidelines

Victims’ rights externships allow students to augment their study in the Victim’s Rights class with work on cases at the Utah Crime Victims Legal Clinic.

Course:  Seminar Victim’s Rights (3 cr., graded, Fall). In recent years, a strong movement has developed urging that crime victims should play a role in the criminal justice process. This class will explore what role and rights (if any) crime victims should have. Topics to be discussed include defining the “victim”; victim protection; victim involvement in the investigation of the crime, the charging decisions, plea bargaining, and trial; victim impact statements at the sentencing; representation of victims and remedies for deprivations of victims’ rights; civil remedies as an adjunct to the criminal process; and the proposed federal constitutional amendment protecting victims’ rights.

Placement:  (2 – 5 cr., P/F every semester with pre- or co-requisite) The Utah Crime Victims Legal Clinic is a state-wide program providing representation to victims including impact work and education.

Faculty:  Professor Paul Cassell

Registration & Placement: Students may enroll in the course online. To apply for externship placement, students must complete the application form and submit it with their résumé and a short statement of interest.

LAW 7800: Seminar – Victim’s Rights                      Fall: Tuesday 3:10 – 5:10 p.m.

LAW 7951-001: Victim’s Rights Clinic                      Fall or Spring (2 – 5 credits)

Additional work will apply to the Pro Bono Initiative certificate.