The goal of the Internship Program is to develop and train students who demonstrate an interest in the field of criminal law. Students will:
Assist the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office with the duties and functions the office provides the community.
Gain invaluable real courtroom experience.
Represent the State of Missouri in criminal proceedings under the direction of an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
An internship will provide students with practical experience in the field of criminal law. Students will assist Assistant Prosecutors with:
Docket and trial preparation
Students will have numerous opportunities to appear in court and (depending on schedules) may participate in a jury trial.
Types of Internships
Legal Internship - 1st Year Law Students
Students who have completed their 1st year of law school are placed in offices where they will be involved primarily in legal research related assignments. They may assist in the preparation of felony and misdemeanor prosecutions and be allowed to observe courtroom activities. In addition, they may be asked to perform clerical work as required, including photocopying, delivering documents and the like.
Legal Internship - 2nd Year Law Students
Students who have completed their 2nd year of law school are eligible for State Bar Certification (Rule 13), allowing them to make supervised appearances in court as a certified law student. These students are involved in all facets of criminal case activity including:
Being involved in sustained major legal research and writing projects.
Conducting routine felony preliminary hearings and misdemeanor prosecutions
Handling guilty pleas and sentencing hearings
Summer Internship Program:
Students who have completed their first year of law school. This is an unpaid internship. Students are required to work a minimum of 20 hours/week. The prerequisite for this program are (a) Completed 2 years of Law School (b) Informational Interview (c) Submission of a pre-interview survey (d) Criminal Record Check.
Completed 1 year of Law School
Criminal record check
Submission of pre-interview survey
Mid-May to early August
Work a minimum of 20 hours per week
UMKC Prosecutor Clinic:
Students who have completed their third year of law school can make supervised appearances in court as a certified law student. This is an unpaid internship. Students are required to work a minimum of 10 hours/week. The prerequisite for this program are (a) Completed 2 years of Law School (b) Informational Interview (c) Criminal Record Check (d) Missouri Supreme Court Rule 13 Certification (www.courts.mo.gov).
3rd year of Law School
Deadline for Submission: See UMKC Career Services for OCIO guidelines regarding deadlines and interview dates