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Students concentrating in criminal law expand upon base knowledge gained in the mandatory survey class in criminal law into constitutional, evidentiary and procedural issues within the concentration. Students are offered multiple options to obtain experience in the practice of criminal law, including the Criminal Practice, Appellate Practice and Innocence Project clinics, as well as externships. Seminars are limited enrollment courses with a maximum number of 20 students per section, which allow students to explore current issues related to criminal law. The faculty advisers for this concentration are Donald Stone and Byron Warnken.

Attention: The requirements for this concentration have been updated for students subject to the new experiential requirement.

The list below is for students who are NOT subject to the experiential requirement.
Required Courses:
Constitutional Criminal Procedure I
Constitutional Criminal Procedure II

Choose one of the following:
Comparative Criminal Process
Federal Criminal Practice
Forensic Evidence
International Criminal Law
International Criminal Law: Courts, Crimes and Defenses
Juvenile Justice
Maryland Criminal Practice

Choose one of the following scholarly upper level writing courses:
Capital Punishment and the Constitution Seminar
Evidence Law Reform Seminar
Issues in Law Enforcement Seminar
Rights of Crime Victims Seminar
Sentencing and Plea Bargaining Seminar
Wrongful Convictions Seminar

Choose one of the following skills courses/activities:
Appellate Advocacy Workshop
Bench Trial Advocacy
Interviewing, Negotiating & Counseling
Trial Advocacy

Choose one of the following experiential courses:
Appellate Practice Clinic
Criminal Practice Clinic
Attorney Practice Clinic involving criminal practice (approved by the Director of the Attorney Practice Internship in consultation with Criminal Practice Concentration advisers)
Innocence Project Clinic I
Innocence Project Clinic II