U.S. Department Of Justice
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.
- Appear in court
- Communicate and negotiate with defense counsel and pro se defendants
- Interview witnesses Perform legal research, draft motions.
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.