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Criminal Law & Procedure

Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure are required courses taken by full-time students in their first year and part-time students in their second year. Together with the required Evidence course, they are the foundation for a criminal law practice.

Beyond these basic courses, students interested in practicing criminal law may take more specialized courses addressing the constitutional and statutory framework for criminal prosecution, including Advanced Criminal Procedure, White Collar Crime, Death Penalty, and Wrongful Convictions Seminars.

Whether working as a prosecutor or as criminal defense attorneys, criminal law practitioners are likely to handle many trials. Students interested in this area should, therefore, take skills courses designed to provide both theoretical and practical training, including Trial Practice or the Intensive Advocacy Program. These may be complemented by courses focusing on other lawyering skills such as negotiation, mediation, and interpersonal dynamics. Additionally, there are opportunities for actual practice experience in the Criminal Law and Juvenile Justice Clinics, part-time clinical externship placements and through participation in the Keta Taylor Colby Death Penalty Project.


Basic courses are those which introduce fundamental concepts and provide the necessary background to pursue advanced courses in the area. Additional courses expand upon basic concepts and offer advanced study in the subject area. Related courses provide additional background or demonstrate how the subject area relates to the core concepts of another subject area.

Basic Courses Units
White Collar Crime3
Additional Courses Units
Death Penalty Law3
Forensic Evidence3
Juvenile Law3
Juvenile Law3
Related Courses Units
Federal Courts3
Supreme Court Seminar2