The Liberty University School of Law Prosecution Clinic currently offers summer and fall extern opportunities in the Bedford, VA, and Appomattox, VA, Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Offices.
Working closely with Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorneys, Liberty Law students are given the opportunity to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia in the prosecution of criminal law cases. Clinic students construct plea offers with defense counsel, prepare witnesses for court, and conduct hearings and criminal trials.
The Prosecution Clinic also contains a classroom component during the summer session and fall semester, where students receive instruction on the role of the prosecutor, ethics, prosecutorial discretion, plea-bargaining, preparing for motions and hearings, responding to requests for discovery, litigation skills, preparing jury instructions, understanding sentencing guidelines and other issues related to criminal law and procedure.
Associate Professor of Law, Cynthia E. Tompkins, is the Director of the Center for Prosecution. Prior to joining the Liberty Law School faculty, Professor Tompkins served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, PA, and a trainer for prosecutors at the American Prosecutors Research Institute. Read her complete faculty biography.
To learn more about the Prosecution Clinic, please contact Associate Professor of Law, Cynthia E. Tompkins, at (434) 592-5300.