Area of Concentration
Criminal Justice Program
Criminal Prosecution and Defense Practice offers advanced training in trial advocacy skills, constitutional theory, and "hands-on" practical experience that are necessary to become an outstanding advocate in the criminal justice arena.
Grounded in the philosophy that a broad diversity of experience is essential for excellence in advocacy, you will have a great degree of flexibility in choosing courses tailored to your specific interests from three categories of courses. The Concentration is anchored around Core Practicum and Core Substantive courses such as Advanced Criminal Justice (which includes The Bail Project), Advanced Criminal Litigation, Advanced Prosecution Function and the California Innocence Project. Other practicum course offerings include California Sentencing Seminar, Evidence Advocacy , Forensic Evidence and Criminal Appellate Advocacy. Additional substantive courses you may select from include Constitutional Law II, Criminal Law Theory, White Collar Crime, Wrongful Conviction Seminar, International Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure II, and Problem Solving & Preventive Law. A third category of courses called Closely Related electives include Advanced Legal Research, Accounting for Lawyers, American Legal History II, Legal History Seminar: The Warren Court, Civil Rights & Constitutional Litigation, Constitutional Law Seminar, Current Issues in Constitutional Law, Domestic Violence Seminar, Federal Income Tax, Human Rights Law, Immigration Law, Jurisprudence, Juvenile Justice, Legislation, Mental Health Law, and Negotiation.Professor Laurence Benner, email@example.com is managing director of the Criminal Justice Program. Further information may also be obtained from the Admissions Office and the Application Form (PDF opens in new window).