Certificate in Criminal Practice

To earn the Certificate in Criminal Practice, a student must earn 25 credits from the following courses designated as Required Courses, Electives and Skills Courses as well as fulfill the writing requirement and courtroom observations requirements. The course requirements are listed in the Criminal Practice Certificate Worksheet. Students must maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses in the certificate program to complete the certificate requirements. Additionally, students must earn at least a grade of C+ in any individual course that is counted toward the certificate.

Writing Requirement

In addition to the 25 credits required, students must complete the writing requirement for the J.D.  Unless this requirement is fulfilled in Law 768, Seminar on Issues of Criminal Law and Procedure, the paper topic must be approved by the designated Faculty Advisor for the Criminal Practice Certificate Program. A student electing to satisfy the writing requirement for the Certificate through Law 768, Seminar on Issues of Criminal Law and Procedure, may not count this course toward satisfaction of the electives requirement for the Certificate.

Courtroom Observation

A student must observe at least 10 hours of courtroom proceedings involving criminal litigation.               

APPLICATION REQUIREMENT    

Students must apply for admission to the Designated Faculty Advisor for the Criminal Practice Certificate Program.  A student may apply for admission beginning with the registration period for the third semester of law school. However, no application may be made after the drop/add period in the students final semester.