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Criminal Law Certificate

General Requirements

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J.D. candidates

Our J.D. students must declare their intention to complete the program in the spring of their 2L year by notifying the associate dean for academic affairs or that dean’s designee. (For the first class only, the law school will accept applications by summer 2014 for 3Ls).

The student must have an overall law school GPA of 2.75 and a GPA of 3.0 in certificate courses at the time he or she declares. In order to successfully receive the certificate upon graduation, the student must successfully complete the required courses, earn a GPA of 3.2 in certificate courses, an overall GPA of 2.75, and a B+ or above in the criminal law clinic or other approved experiential capstone course (if graded).

J.D. visitors

Those currently earning a J.D. at another ABA accredited law school but visiting here may earn the criminal law certificate. They must apply to the associate dean for academic affairs, or designee, by spring of their 2L year. These students can satisfy certificate course credits with courses taken at their own law school, but must take at least 12 credits in certificate courses here. Also, they must complete the criminal clinic program or other approved experiential capstone course here.

The student must have an overall law school GPA of 2.75 and a GPA of 3.0 in certificate courses at the time he or she applies. In order to successfully receive the certificate, the student must successfully complete the required courses, earn a GPA of 3.2 in certificate courses, and a B+ or above in the criminal law clinic or other approved experiential capstone course (if graded).

Post-J.D. candidates

Those who have already earned a J.D. degree from an accredited law school in the United States may also earn a certificate. They must apply to the associate dean for academic affairs, or designee, before commencing the program.

For the purposes of this program, post-J.D. candidates can determine their GPA within the program based in part on courses completed elsewhere. These candidates must satisfy all the required courses, at least 12 credits of which must be taken here, and they must complete the criminal clinic program or other approved experiential capstone course here.

Post-J.D. candidates must have at least an overall GPA of 3.0 from the school that conferred their law degree. To complete the program, they must earn a GPA of 3.2 in certificate courses and a B+ or above in the criminal law clinic or other approved experiential capstone course (if graded).

LL.M. candidates

Our LL.M. candidates must notify the associate dean for academic affairs one month before enroLL.M.ent in the LL.M. program of their intention to complete the program and must have the approval of the director of the LL.M. program.

For the purposes of this program, LL.M. candidates can determine their GPA within the program based in part on courses completed elsewhere. LL.M. candidates must satisfy all the required courses, at least 12 credits of which must be taken here, and must take the criminal law clinic or other approved experiential capstone course here.

To declare, an LL.M. candidate must have at least an overall GPA of 3.0 from the school that conferred their law degree. To complete the program, they must earn a GPA of 3.2 in certificate courses, an overall GPA of 2.75, and a B+ or above in the criminal law clinic or other approved experiential capstone course (if graded).

Non-J.D. / Non-LL.M. Candidates

Post-baccalaureate students who are not enrolled as J.D. or LL.M. students at the law school (and do not have a J.D. degree) may also earn a certificate. They must apply to the associate dean for academic affairs, or designee, before commencing the program. If they have taken at least 12 credits of the required certificate courses at another ABA accredited law school, their GPA in those courses must be at least 3.0 to apply. If they have not, their undergraduate cumulative GPA must be at least 3.5. For the purposes of this program, these students can determine their GPA within the program based in part on courses completed elsewhere.

To earn the certificate, these students must complete all the required courses, at least 12 credits of which must be taken here, and they must complete the approved experiential capstone course here. To complete the program, they must also earn a GPA of 3.2 in certificate courses and a B+ or above in the approved experiential capstone course (if graded).

Minor or other program component: None, except that current J.D. students and LL.M. students will concurrently be seeking their respective degrees along with the certificate.


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