Juris Doctor with Emphasis in Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Concentration

The Criminal Justice Concentration is designed for two groups of students: those who are considering beginning their legal careers as prosecutors or criminal defense counsel and those who may not have an express interest in criminal practice, but who are nonetheless seeking a course of study structured to provide training in the range of skills necessary to the practice of law in most substantive areas – particularly including legal analysis, factual investigation, counseling, negotiation and the persuasive arts employed in written and oral advocacy.

Additional details and a list of courses satisfying the Criminal Justice Concentration requirements are available from the School of Law here.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses20-21
LAW 5477Criminal Justice Administration3
LAW 5035Criminal Law4
LAW 5240Criminal Procedure3
LAW 5260Evidence4
LAW 5280Professional Responsibility3
LAW 5925Trial Practice3-4
Electives:
Select 3 courses totaling at least 6 credits from groups A, B and C, including at least 2 credits from A and C:
Group A: Courses on Post-Conviction Process
LAW 5723The Law and Practice of Criminal Sentencing1-4
LAW 5497Death Penalty Law3
LAW 5313Collateral Consequences of Sentencing2-3
LAW 5946Wrongful Convictions1-4
LAW 5717The Law of Habeas Corpus and Post-Conviction Relief1-3
Group B. Substantive Law Courses with Criminal Components
LAW 5340Antitrust Law3
LAW 5410Children and the Law2-3
LAW 5415Constitutional and Civil Rights Litigation2-3
LAW 6730Comparative Criminal Justice1-2
LAW 5590Freedom of Speech and Association1-3
LAW 5890Securities Regulation3
Group C. Courses Relating to Specialized, Skills-Related Aspects of Criminal Pretrial, Trial or Appellate Practice
LAW 5325Advanced Trial Practice1-3
LAW 5420Client Interviewing and Counseling1-3
LAW 5588Forensic Science and Law2-3
LAW 5810Negotiation2-3
LAW 5691Jury Instructions2
Capstone:
A capstone experience consisting of either a live-client clinic or a course employing complex simulation exercises.
LAW 5470Criminal Clinic1-5
LAW 5497Death Penalty Law3
LAW 5632Innocence Project Clinic3-4
LAW 5940White Collar Crime3
LAW 5723The Law and Practice of Criminal Sentencing1-4