The practice/simulation course introduces students to the major categories of federal criminal investigations -- public corruption, national security,

organized crime, economic crime, drug and firearm offenses, and child

exploitation -- to the law enforcement agencies that conduct these

investigations, to the techniques they use (e.g. electronic

surveillance, search warrants, and informants) and to the front-line

constitutional issues at stake. The course then turns to the role of the

prosecutor, focusing on the critical strategic decisions made by

assistant United States attorneys during grand jury investigations, plea

negotiations, trial, and sentencing. Caselaw and statutory materials are

supplemented by guest lectures and panel discussions that include

representatives from the principle federal law enforcement agencies --

FBI, ATF, DEA, ICE, and Secret Service -- as well as transcripts from

recent prosecutions in the Eastern District of Michigan. Students will

draft search warrants and indictments, argue from both the government

and defense perspective in mock detention and sentencing hearings,

negotiate plea agreements, calculate sentencing guidelines, and conduct

voir dire, as well as observe first-hand ongoing federal criminal cases

in Ann Arbor and Detroit.