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Criminal Law Certificate


Required Courses

Both of the following:

  • Trial Advocacy (LAWW 6203) (3 Credits)
  • Criminal Law Clinic (LAWW 6963) (3 Credits) or other experiential capstone course approved as a substitute by the associate dean for academic affairs, or that dean’s designee

It is assumed that all students seeking the certificate will enter the program having already successfully completed, as part of their J.D. degree program or other qualifying studies, the following basic law courses (or equivalents):

  • Criminal Law (LAWW 4073) (3 Credits)
  • Criminal Procedure (LAWW 4173) (3 Credits)
  • Basic Evidence (LAWW 6093) (3 Credits)
  • Professional Responsibility (LAWW 5013) (3 Credits)

Students who have not already completed one or more of these courses before entering the program may, however, do so during the time they are also pursuing the certificate.

Elective Courses

Four of the following (at least three must be non-externships):

  • Criminal Procedure II (LAWW 6633) (3 Credits)
  • Advanced Criminal Law Clinic (LAWW 500V) (2-3 Credits)
  • Capital Punishment (LAWW 500V) (3 credits)
  • Crime and the Supreme Court (ULW) (LAWW 406V) (3 Credits)
  • Federal Criminal Law (LAWW 500V) (3 Credits)
  • International Criminal Law (LAWW 500V) 3 Credits)
  • Juvenile Justice (LAWW 7012) (2 Credits)
  • Police Discretion Seminar (ULW) (LAWW 406V) (2 Credits)
  • Prisoners’ Rights Seminar (ULW)(LAWW 500V) (2 Credits)
  • (Externships)
  • Criminal Defense Externship (LAWW 6733) (3 Credits)
  • Criminal Prosecution Externship (LAWW 6833 (3 Credits)

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