14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office Externship and Career Prosecutor Program

v  Objective

This externship is designed for Charleston School of Law and University of South Carolina School of Law students who wish to devote themselves to public service in the field of criminal prosecution. Selected law students will gain valuable hands-on experience as they are fully integrated into the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office, where they will work cases from arrest to disposition. They also have the opportunity to observe and assist with trials in General Sessions Court. At the conclusion of the program, students will have the practical, legal and theoretical foundations required to be successful at prosecutor's offices throughout South Carolina and beyond.


v  Requirements

Ø  Must be a rising 3rd year law student

Ø  Must be certified by the Dean as being of good character and competent legal ability

Ø  Must be familiar with the Rules of Professional Conduct

Ø  Must desire to become a career prosecutor


v  Description of Externship/Career Prosecution Program

Ø  Intensive Training Session covering the following topics:

§  Ethics

·         “[The prosecutor] is in a peculiar and very definite sense the servant of the law, the twofold aim of which is that guilt shall not escape or innocence suffer.” Berger v. United States, 295 U.S. 78, 88, 55 S. Ct. 629, 633 (1935).

§  Preparation

·         Attending Bond Court

·         Meeting with law enforcement and other witnesses

·         Determining the strength and weaknesses of a case

·         Preparing a formal case analysis

§  Disposition

·         Plea

·         Trial

Ø  Hands-On Prosecution

§  Students will work cases from arrest to disposition

§  Students will be asked to research and prepare memorandums on pre-trial issues.

·         These projects will be used to satisfy the writing requirement for the Externship Course.

§  Sitting 3rd chair during General Sessions Trial.



v  Hours and Housing Information:

Ø  Hours for the externship program are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Ø  Housing will be made available through the University of South Carolina Beaufort Campus at a cost of $140 per week. Students in need of housing must state so in their cover letter.


v  Contact Information and Documents Required:

Ø  Students should send the following items to the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Attention Mary Jordan Lempesis, P.O. Box 1880, Bluffton, SC, 29910, or via email to mjlempesis@scsolicitor14.org. 

§  Cover letter

§  Resume

§  Unofficial transcript

§  Certification from the Dean certifying student as being of good character and competent legal ability (as required by Rule 401(d)(3) of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules).

§  Letter certifying in writing that the student is familiar with, and will be governed by the Rules of Professional Conduct adopted by the Supreme Court (as required by Rule 401(d)(5) of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules).




Externship Overview
Externship Overview

Duffie Stone

Solicitor Duffie Stone