U.S. Department Of Justice

Field Placement
Academic Year

Faculty Supervisor

Professor Andrew King-Ries

Supervising Attorney

Tim Racicot


Professional Responsibility, Trial Practice

Pre-Requisite or Co-Requisite

Criminal Procedure - Investigative, Criminal Procedure - Adjudicative


White Collar Crime

Areas of Emphasis

Federal Criminal and Regulatory Law (primary), may include some Civil Law.; Litigation, research and writing, negotiation, communication.

Sample Projects

  • Appear in court
  • Communicate and negotiate with defense counsel and pro se defendants
  • Interview witnesses Perform legal research, draft motions.

General Information

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana has offices in Billings, Great Falls, Helena, Butte, and Missoula. The Missoula office is responsible for criminal cases prosecuted by the United States in the Missoula, Helena, Butte and Great Falls Divisions of the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana.

Assignments may include appearances (initial appearances and detention hearings) and trials involving misdemeanor offenses on federal lands before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, research and pretrial briefing for criminal cases, and research and brief writing for appeals before the Ninth Circuit.  The Assistant U.S. Attorneys in Missoula handle a variety of cases, including offenses involving drugs, firearms, fraud, violent crime, child pornography, and immigration.

Important: This Field Placement requires an extensive background check and security clearance. The security clearance application process begins approximately three (3) months prior to the start of semester in which the student is enrolled. If you have any questions about the federal security clearance process, you should speak with Geri Sturgill before making your clinic selection.