Emory Law's new apprenticeship program with Cobb County DA
By Matthew J. McCoyd | May 28, 2014
Emory University School of Law’s Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution has established an apprenticeship program with the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office.
The program will give recent graduates of Emory and other law schools experience in criminal prosecution, including investigating facts, interviewing witnesses, preparing indictments, arguing bond motions and other pre-trial motions, negotiating plea agreements and assisting in the trial of felony cases.
“This will offer our graduates the opportunity to build on the extensive advocacy and litigation skills training they have received here at the law school,” said Matthew McCoyd, an associate director in the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, an adjunct professor and a former senior assistant district attorney in DeKalb County. “These graduates will gain the extensive practical experience they need to be even more competitive in the job market.”
The program is modeled after a successful program McCoyd and Cobb County Chief Assistant District Attorney Don Geary started when they both worked in DeKalb County. McCoyd expects 10 to 14 unpaid apprentices to participate at a time in the Cobb County program, and most will serve for one year.
The Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution promotes scholarship and professional development and offers strategic consultation. The center also supervises Emory’s Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques, which develops the advocacy skills of second- and third-year law students.