Through the Sex Crimes Practicum, students receive one or two credits for completing a sex-crimes related project – either litigation or policy-oriented – as a supplement to the Sex Crimes seminar. The practicum is taught by BU Law graduate Eric Tennen (’01), who teaches the Sex Crimes seminar. Practicum students will assist Mr. Tennen in casework related to his sex crimes practice, including: gathering documents and preparing defenses in registration cases, assisting in research and drafting of appellate briefs, writing memos on novel and/or constitutional issues in pending cases, and more. Students will also have the opportunity to work on research projects, for example, those involving sex crime policy, such as national evaluation of state-level implementation of SORNA (the Federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act), and an analysis of state policies related to sex offender community supervision. There are also several projects related to the identification and tracking of litigation challenging the constitutionality and validity of civil laws imposing restrictions on individuals who have been convicted of sex offenses.
Mr. Tennen and the students will meet six times during the semester as a group to discuss progress on their projects. At the end of the semester, students will make an oral presentation and turn in their final written work. Students will receive 1 or 2 graded credits, with each credit requiring 50 hours of work.