• interview paper
• observation paper
Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007. 1/13/2011 2
-- pick at least two opposing or different
members of the legal system
• police officer v. lawyer
• defense lawyer v. prosecutor
• judge v. lawyer
• plaintiffs lawyer v. defense Lawyer
-- ask them the questions in the back of your
syllabus, plus make up some of your own
-- basic idea: compare and contrast opposing
attitudes that you discover, and relate it to
what you were taught.
-- go observe a least two different court
• magistrate court v. trial court
• parole hearing v. suppression hearing
• plea hearing versus “trial”
• bench versus jury
• federal v. state
-- all things being equal, these are not
• magistrate court v. traffic court
-- but these are:
• federal magistrate court v. state
-- subject comparison and contrast
(you want to pick subjects that either make for
a good comparison, or, at the very least, are
not clones of one another)
-- how much labor you put into the project
(standard not a rule)
• page length
• the time spent on each subject
• the quality of the subject
• the thoroughness of the paper
-- at least 30 minutes per subject
-- write the paper with 1st person experience
(like a diary)
-- let me see it through your eyes
-- analogy: paper about “going to the zoo”
-- the paper should be your easiest grade,
provided you don’t do one thing:
What is that thing?
-- if you wait until 2 weeks before the quarter
ends to start it, you are sunk.
-- court hearings will cancel (settle) on you
-- you won’t be able to line up interviews.
-- you can’t use your own court experience
-- you can’t interview your family
-- you are not getting an extension
-- cancelled hearings are no excuses
-- you are to have your subjects lined up by
April 30th or face a grade penalty.
-- start thinking about your subjects TODAY.
How to line up your subjects
-- find some criminal justice participants that
you know and ask them to sit for an interview
-- find out where the courthouses are. Call the
[explain what this office is]
How to get an A.
-- do multiple subjects
• more than two interviews gets a better
grade than just 2.
• more than two observations …
• throw an interview on top of an
observation paper (something extra)
-- let me see that you spent labor on this.
LABOR MATTERS, NOT APTITUDE