Suffolk University Law School is teaching law school students how to prosecute and adjudicate Operating Under the Influence (OUI) offenses.
The week-long, two-credit course is offered to second- and third-year students at Suffolk Law School during the January break.
The class will form the basis for an online OUI/DUI (driving under the influence) course to be developed by Suffolk University Law School and The Century Council, which is funding the new classes. It will be completed in 2015 and made available to law students nationwide.
The course will feature practical courtroom work as well as guest speakers from:
- Law enforcement
- The National District Attorneys Association
- The Massachusetts District Attorneys Association
- The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles
- Cambridge Health Alliance
- AAA of Southern New England
“This program gives students a great opportunity to delve into a specialized area that prosecutors commonly face in the courts,” said Suffolk Law Practitioner in Residence Mary Sawicki, a former career prosecutor. “So many of our students go into public service; this is a great benefit to our students and to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”
“This kind of intense preparation is rare and important to ensuring our students are the best advocates they can be, both now and in the future," said Clinical Professor of Law Diane S. Juliar. "Students represent the commonwealth in court on dozens of cases involving a wide range of legal issues through the Suffolk Prosecutors Program and externships in DAs’ offices. But while they are likely to handle many OUI cases in practice, as students they may be assigned just one case involving an OUI charge. This intensive training not only greatly enhances their ability to handle OUI cases, but many of the skills learned will better prepare them to handle all cases.”