Detroit Mercy Law Students Complete Externships in the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office

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September 20, 2021

Over the summer, Detroit Mercy Law students completed externships in the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.  

 

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“I knew no amount of classroom instruction could take the place of solving real legal problems and watching attorneys in action. Watching different types of hearings, a variety of lawyering styles, and experiencing the office culture answered so many of my questions and demystified the ins and outs of being a lawyer.”
Savanna Polimeni '23
 

 

 

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“In my externship, I learned about each part of a criminal case from the prosecutor’s perspective. Overall, I was involved in everything from the initial charging decision being made to sentencing at the conclusion of a trial. I went from observing preliminary examinations to conducting them under the supervision of a prosecutor.”
Sean Barry '22

 

 

 

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It is a dream of mine to become a criminal trial lawyer. I learned many things as an extern, including drafting and arguing motions in court, conducting direct examinations and cross-examinations, and negotiating plea deals with defense attorneys. Seeing the rules of evidence be utilized in the courtroom brought a certain level of clarity to the subject that I was unable to grasp from just reading about it in a textbook.” Valmik Kelwala '23

 

 

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I had the opportunity to learn and understand more about our criminal justice system while also getting the chance to actively take part in it. I was lucky to have the opportunity to conduct court preliminary examinations in front of a judge. I was able to observe first-hand how having good relationships with various actors in our legal system, such as judges law enforcement partners, and defense counsel, can make you a much more effective prosecutor.” Zachary Serzo '23 

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