Levin College of Law

Sarah H. Wolking

Legal Skills Professor
Director, Prosecution Clinic

Mailing Address:
PO Box 117626
Gainesville, FL 32611



Sarah H. Wolking is a Legal Skills Professor and Director of the Prosecution Clinic. She additionally directs the Externship Program at UF Law. Professor Wolking served as a state and federal prosecutor in Oakland, CA from 1992-2005 where she prosecuted nearly 100 trials, including multiple murder, sexual assault, and conspiracy. She was a professor at San Francisco Law School where she taught Evidence from 2000-2014. Professor Wolking developed courses in Evidence Advocacy and Education Law while there and received numerous awards for excellence in teaching. She was an instructor in Stanford Law School’s Intensive Advocacy Skills Workshop from 1996 to 2014 and in 2020. She additionally taught advocacy courses for NITA (since 1998) and USF School of Law (1997). Professor Wolking received her A.B. degree from Princeton University (with high honors) and her JD from Boston University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in both California (1992) and Florida (1994).


J.D., Boston University School of Law
A.B., Princeton University (with high honors)

Teaching and Scholarship

Current courses: Introduction to Criminal Practice, Prosecution Clinic, Externships


Criminal Clinic – State Attorney Field Placement - LAW 6942
  • Enrollment by application prior to pre-registration. Internships will normally be in the Gainesville State Attorney's Office. Internships outside the Gainesville area may be arranged with prior approval of the professor. Course objectives and goals: To familiarize students with all aspects the art and craft of prosecution. To instill in students an understanding of the ethical requirements of prosecution. To equip students with the skills necessary for rendering satisfactory performance as entry level prosecutors. 6 credits are S/U and 2 credits are graded.
Externships - LAW 6946
  • Maximum of six credits allowed for any combination of externships. Educational field placements, commonly known as externships, give students the opportunity to gain practical experience, enhance working knowledge of the law and develop professional contacts in the field. Students work in selected agencies or organizations focused on a particular legal field.
Criminal Procedure: Adversary System - LAW 6112
  • Covers commencement of formal criminal proceedings; bail, the decision to prosecute, the grand jury, the preliminary hearing, venue, joinder and severance, and speedy trial.
Wrongful Convictions and Factual Innocence: Conviction Integrity Review - LAW6942
  • The primary goal of this course is to educate law students about the practices which lead to wrongful convictions and to engage students directly in the review of actual innocence claims. Students will identify common elements in wrongful conviction cases including mistaken eyewitness identification, false confessions, misuse of informants, flawed forensic evidence, mistakes and misconduct by law enforcement officials, and poor defense representation, among others.
Trial Practice - LAW 6363
  • Registration priority will be given to third-year students. A study of the trial process, including law relating to trials, trial tactics, and trial techniques. The first half consists of classroom work and a weekly three-hour laboratory, involving role-playing and critical evaluation. The second half consists of simulated trials and critical evaluation.


  • Stanley L. Brodsky, Carroll M. Brodsky and Sarah H. Wolking. “Why People Don’t Sue: A Conceptual and Applied Exploration of Decisions Not to Pursue Litigation” The Journal of Psychiatry and Law Vol. 32 Iss. 3 (2004) p. 273 – 298
    Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sarah-hornwolking/1/

Professional Activities:

University of Florida: Joined College of Law faculty as Adjunct Professor in 2017; Promoted to Legal Skills Professor in 2019.
Previous Academic Experience: Instructor, Intensive Advocacy Skills Workshop, Stanford Law School (1996-2014, 2020); Professor, Alliant International University-San Francisco Law School (2000-2014); City College of San Francisco (2013-2014)
Other Professional Experience: Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County District Attorney’s Office (1992-2000 and 2001-2005); Assistant United States Attorney, US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California (2000-2001)

Professional Associations:

Admitted to California Bar (1992) and Florida Bar (1994); Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association; US District Court, Northern District of California; Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Advocacy Committee; American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Women in Legal Education Oral History Project; AALS Criminal Clinic Working Group; Florida Historical Society; Alpha Phi Sigma (National Criminal Justice Honor Society) UF Faculty Advisor