Program Overview

Key principles of criminal law have been engrained in American society since the framers of the U.S. Constitution guaranteed us certain liberties, including freedom of speech, the right against self-incrimination and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, just to name a few. This concentration gives you a firm grounding in the theory and procedure of criminal law and explores a range of criminal activity, including white-collar financial crimes, human trafficking and cybercrime.

You’ll develop cutting-edge trial skills, such as the innovative use of visual persuasion techniques in the courtroom, and you’ll examine ethical issues unique to criminal practice settings. You’ll experience the criminal justice system in action in our clinics and externships, which will refine your ability to engage in both prosecution and defense work. You can advocate for real clients at the trial or appellate levels, represent the government, or help judges in criminal cases. You also can work on national criminal justice reform projects, such as advocating for more humane treatment of children charged with crimes, or challenging the death penalty.

Your negotiation and litigation skills will be honed through participation in mock trials and courtroom simulations, and every year we host the Northeast Regional Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition. Our active Criminal Law Society sponsors several networking events and activities focused on helping you connect with legal professionals.