Criminal Justice Program

Integrated & Comprehensive

Every student takes Criminal Law in the first year. This course introduces students to the purposes of criminal punishment, the structure of criminal statutes, and basic liability and sentencing rules. In the second and third years, students may choose from an array of electives. Two criminal procedure courses, offered every year, cover regulation of the police, including search and seizure and interrogation rules, and “bail-to-jail” issues such as preliminary hearings, plea bargaining, the right to jury trial, double jeopardy, sentencing, and habeas corpus.  

  • Criminal Justice Concentration

    Students who are interested in practicing criminal law should consider pursuing a criminal justice course concentration, which should include: 

    • Constitutional Law II
    • Evidence
    • Criminal Procedure: Investigation
    • Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
    • An experiential/skills course that has a criminal justice orientation
    • 3 or more criminal justice electives
    • Criminal Justice Short Course
  • Yearly Criminal Justice Electives

    The following criminal justice-related electives are available to all student. Some courses have prerequisites (either required or preferred) and not every course is offered every year:

    • Actual Innocence
    • Appellate Practice and Procedure
    • Comparative Perspectives on Counterterrorism
    • Corporate Compliance
    • Criminal Practice Clinic
    • Criminal Justice Externships
    • Health Care Fraud and Abuse
    • Immigration Law Clinic
    • International Criminal Law
    • Juvenile Justice
    • Mental Health Law
    • Policing in the 21st Century
    • Supervised Research Project
    • Trial Advocacy
    • Youth Opportunity Clinic
    • White Collar Crime Seminar

Sample Registration

First year (fall)Criminal Law
First year (spring)Constitutional Law I (prerequisite for Constitutional Law II)
Second year (fall)Constitutional Law II*; Criminal Procedure: Investigation; International Criminal Law
Second year (spring)Criminal Procedure: Adjudication*; Evidence*; Law & Neuroscience; Actual Innocence
Second year (summer)Externship
Third year (fall)Actual Innocence Practicum; Criminal Practice Clinic, Family & Domestic Violence Clinic, Appellate Litigation Clinic or Trial Advocacy**; Drug Law & Policy or Transnational Litigation, White Collar Crime Seminar
Third year (spring)Advanced Criminal Law Seminar; Advanced Evidence and Trial Advocacy; Juvenile Justice or Mental Health Law: Deprivations of Life & Liberty
* Highly recommended for a criminal justice concentration

Have Questions?

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