Criminal Law Certif icate Requirements
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Criminal Law Certificate Requirements

The Criminal Law Certificate Program is designed to prepare students for careers in criminal law by engaging them in at least 20 credits of academic coursework as well as skills and experiential training.  Requiring students to experience criminal practice both as prosecutors and defense attorneys gives them the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the law.  For more information, contact Professor Rigg.

Required Courses:

     Criminal Procedure I (3 cr)
     Criminal Procedure II (3 cr)


Required Skills Training:

     Criminal Motions Practicum (3 cr)
     Trial Advocacy (3 cr)


Experiential Training

    Prosecution (minimum of 1 course)
          Polk County Prosecutor Internship (3 cr)
          Prosecutor Internship (1 cr)
          United States Attorney's Office Internship (3 cr)

     Defense (minimum of 1 course)
          Criminal Defense Clinic (4-6 cr)
          Federal Public Defender Internship (3 cr)
          State Public Defender Internship (3 cr)


     Advanced Criminal Defense Clinic - Trial (4 cr)
     Advanced Polk County Prosecutor Internship (3 cr)
     Advanced Prosecutor Internship (1 cr)
     Constitutional Litigation (3 cr)
     Criminal Appeals Internship (3 cr)
     Criminal Defense - Mental Disability (1 cr)
     Death Penalty (2 cr)
     Domestic Violence (3 cr)
     Federal Criminal Law (3 cr)
     Global Issues in Criminal Law (1 cr)
     Juvenile Delinquency Clinic (4-6 cr)
     Laws of War (2-3 cr)
     Psychiatry and the Law (2-3 cr)
     Scientific and Expert Evidence (2 cr)
     State Public Defender Appellate Internship (3 cr)

Last Modified: 4/1/2014 8:25:00 AM by Krista Magill