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Criminal Justice Courses

All students are required to take Criminal Law during their first year.  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; and at least three other courses from the list below.  Students should also consider short course offerings that vary from year to year (this year one-credit courses on Policing in the Twenty-First Century and Defending a Criminal Case are being offered).

The following criminal justice-related electives are available to all students. Some courses have prerequisites (either required or preferred) and not every course is offered every year, so students should make sure to check the course description (see links above) in planning courses:



The following criminal justice-related electives are available to all students.  Some courses have prerequisites (either required or preferred) and not every course is offered every year, so students should make sure to check the course description (see links above) in planning courses:

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
Third year (spring): Advanced Criminal Law Seminar or White Collar Crime Seminar; Advanced Evidence and Trial Advocacy; Juvenile Justice or Mental Health Law: Deprivations of Life & Liberty

* Highly recommended for a criminal justice concentration

** One of these courses or an externship is highly recommended for a criminal justice concentration