Criminal Law Certificate Requirements

All required courses * from the list below must be taken as well as an additional 12 hours of electives. To be eligible for the certificate the student must attain a grade no lower than “Competent” and a “B” average in all courses taken to meet the Certificate requirements.

Criminal Law *
Criminal Procedure *
Appellate Advocacy – Criminal Law Section (Not Required, but Highly Recommended)
Evidence *
Externship *
Virginia Criminal Procedure
Criminal Trial Practice
The Prosecution Project
Post-Conviction Relief
Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System
Alternative Dispute Resolution

THE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE OR THE DIRECTOR OF THE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM, WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE FACULTY, MAY ADD OR DELETE ELECTIVE COURSES

The required first year externship, or an externship during the following summer, shall be with: 1) a prosecutor’s office, 2) public defender’s office, 3) a Judge, or 4) an Attorney General’s office.

The program will be fully implemented for the class of 2020. Anyone qualifying in the class of 2019 will also be given the certification. Upon graduation and completion of the above requirements, the student’s transcript will reflect this certification with a list of the requirements attached.