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Military Justice Litigation
1202 Subspecialty
884 Curriculum

#884 Military Justice Litigation, 1202P

Approved Schools

California Western School of Law George Washington University
Georgetown University Temple University

Educational Skills Requirements (ESRs)

  1. The officer must understand pre-trial criminal procedure, including the role of law enforcement, proper methods of obtaining evidence and interviewing witnesses, rules and procedures related to convening criminal courts, pre-trial restraint and hearings, preliminary hearings, pre-trial agreements and discovery rules.
  2. The officer must understand criminal offenses and defenses and the exercise of prosecutorial discretion including charging decisions like alternative charging and lesser-included offenses.
  3. The officer must understand criminal procedure, including the parts of a trial, motions practice, voir dire, pleas, findings and instructions.
  4. The officer must understand and apply the rules of evidence and witness testimony, including laying foundations, introducing real and demonstrative evidence, the use of experts and the rules governing direct examination and cross-examination.
  5. The officer must understand the principles of sentencing, including use of evidence in aggravation, extenuation and mitigation, forms of punishments and the maximum punishments, proper sentencing arguments, sentencing instructions and voting procedures.
  6. The officer must understand post-trial criminal procedure, including collateral consequences of litigation, the appellate process and clemency.
  7. The officer must understand due process protections and adverse administrative processes.
  8. The officer must be able to analyze and apply the principals of ethical decision making, including the standards of professional ethical behavior and exemplary conduct.
  9. The officer must have the ability to communicate in writing, including research and writing skills which cogently and creatively present a legal position while interweaving theme and theory.
  10. The officer must have the ability to orally articulate complex ideas to a variety of audiences, and interpret the non-verbal cues exhibited by clients, witnesses, potential members and other counsel, including the ability to use non-verbal communication concepts to evaluate voir dire and testimony.