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Non-Jury Trial Practicum

This practicum is ideal for students who are looking for the opportunity to prosecute nonfelony, non-jury trials in Ithaca City Court.

Student Experience

This course is about giving students the opportunity to conduct non-jury trials from start to finish. Students prepare and practice how to conduct these trials including direct examination, cross-examination, closing statements, and applying the rules of evidence in real-time, among other topics. Students will also plea bargain cases and respond to motions that arise during the semester.

The course has both a classroom and a courtroom component.

  • Classroom time involves lecture, discussion, and trial simulation exercises.
  • The courtroom component involves regular attendance at Ithaca City Court’s non-jury terms where students will conduct trials, plea bargain, and present motions.

In the Non-Jury Trial Practicum, students will study the following topics:

  • Criminal law and procedure
  • Prosecution ethics
  • Trial strategy and preparation
  • Trial conduct, including direct and cross-examination, and opening and closing statements
  • Plea bargaining and professional judgment
  • Proper responses to appeals and motions

Types of Cases

  • Traffic tickets
  • City code violations
  • Non-felony penal law violations
  • Other state and local law violations

Clinic Faculty

Lance Salisbury
Adjunct Professor of Law
Adjunct and Associated - Clinical
Cornell Law School
130 Hughes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
Robert Sarachan
Adjunct Professor of Law
Adjunct and Associated
Cornell Law School
477 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

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