Criminal Law Concentration

With a blend of lecture courses, seminars, practice and simulations, students acquire a wide variety of skills in the practical and theoretical aspects of modern criminal law.

To receive the Certificate in Criminal Law, students must successfully complete the following curriculum. Students must receive a grade of C or higher to receive Criminal Law Concentration credit for a course.


3 Required Courses

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence

Elective Course Categories

A total of 5 elective courses must be completed from the categories below. Specifically, one lecture and one hands-on course must be taken, in addition to two research courses. The fifth course can be either an additional lecture or hands-on course for a total of 5.

A. Lecture Courses (elect at least 1)

Offered Regularly:

  • Computer Crime & Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Procedure 2
  • Criminal Law Practicum
  • Domestic Violence Law
  • Forensic Evidence
  • New York Criminal Law (lecture)
  • White Collar Crime
  • Other Advanced Courses related to criminal law (by petition)

Offered Sporadically:

  • Advanced Criminal Law: Legal and Practice Strategies (if taken as a course, not a seminar)
  • Advanced Criminal Procedure
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Evidence and the Child Victim
  • Federal Conspiracy Law
  • Federal Criminal Practice
  • New York Criminal Practice
  • Post-Conviction Remedies
  • Prisoner Law
  • State as Custodian

B. Research Courses (seminars, grad. courses in other depts., independent study) (elect at least 2)

Offered Regularly:

  • Comparative Criminal Law Seminar
  • Criminal Law Theory Seminar
  • Current Topics in Criminal Law Seminar
  • Gender, Sexuality and Law (paper must be written about a topic substantially related to criminal law in order to satisfy the seminar requirement)
  • Independent Study related to criminal law (by petition)
  • Other Seminars and Graduate Courses related to criminal law (by petition)

Offered Sporadically:

  • Advanced Criminal Law: Legal and Practice Strategies (only if taken as a seminar)
  • Criminal Immigration Seminar
  • Criminal Law & Safety Regulation (if taken as a seminar)
  • History of American Criminal Law Seminar
  • New York Criminal Law Seminar
  • Perspectives on Crime and Law Seminar
  • Prisoner Law Seminar
  • Special Topics: ATTICA
  • Topics in Criminal Law: Immigration
  • Topics in Criminal Procedure Seminar
  • Truth Commissions, Reparations Seminar

C. Hands-On Courses  (elect at least 1)

Offered Regularly:

  • Choosing the Right Jury (Criminal Voir Dire)
  • Direct and Cross Examination in a Criminal Trial
  • Federal Pre-Trial Criminal Procedure
  • Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System
  • Path of a Criminal Case
  • Post-Incarceration Reentry Practicum
  • Restorative Justice Practicum
  • Trial of a Death Penalty Case
  • Trial Technique (criminal case)
  • Domestic Violence & International Women’s Rights Law & Policy Clinic (if related to criminal law)
  • Other Bridge and Hands-On Courses related to criminal law (by petition)

Offered Sporadically:

  • Criminal Law Case Preparation
  • Criminal Motions
  • Criminal Trial Evidence Issues
  • Criminal Voir Dire
  • Federal Pre-Trial Criminal Practice
  • Federal Sentencing Guidelines
  • Jury Selection (criminal case)
  • Local Court Criminal Practice
  • Prison Legal Services Externship
  • Prison Task Force
  • Plea Bargaining

 Courses offered may change due to faculty availability. Any student planning to take a course which is not listed above, but which seems appropriate may check with the Concentration/Program Director.