Criminal Law Certificate, Law (JD)

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To earn a Certificate in Criminal Law, a student must complete the 86 semester hours required for the Juris Doctor degree and must satisfy all JD requirements. Within the elective course work required for the JD, a student must complete 15 credit hours from the listed criminal law courses, including three required courses.

An applicant must earn a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the Certificate courses. If a student takes more than 15 hours of courses from the approved list, all grades earned in those courses will be factored into the minimum 3.00 GPA requirement for the Certificate.

Previously taught courses, courses offered in other DePaul Colleges, and new courses and seminars that may be added to the curriculum may qualify for the Certificate with approval.

Students may apply for only one Certificate.   

For more information, contact Faculty Certificate Director for Criminal Law, Monu Bedi.

Required Courses

Course Title Semester Hours
LAW 518CRIMINAL PROCEDURE I: INVESTIGATION3
LAW 557CRIMINAL PROCEDURE II: ADJUDICATION3
Select at least one practice-based course from the following:2-6
EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM (approved placement)
LEGAL CLINIC I (approved topic)
LEGAL CLINIC II (approved topic)

Elective Courses

Course Title Semester Hours
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PRACTICUM
SENIOR RESEARCH SEMINAR (approved topic)
TRIAL ADVOCACY II
JUVENILE JUSTICE
PROSECUTING & DEFENDING CRIMINAL CASES
FEDERAL COURTS
TRIAL ADVOCACY I
LEGAL DRAFTING (Criminal Law)
FEDERAL CRIMINAL LAW
INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW