JD Concentration in Criminal Law & Procedure
The JD Concentration in Criminal Law & Procedure is designed to enhance career paths of UIC Law students who pursue careers as criminal defense attorneys or prosecutors. The concentration curriculum immerses degree candidates in the doctrines of criminal law and hones their skills related to practice before Illinois and federal courts.
Declaration to Pursue the Concentration Heading link
Students who intend to pursue this concentration are strongly encouraged to consult the faculty director at the end of the semester in which they complete 30 credit hours, in order to ensure that they will be able to complete the concentration.
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JD students may earn only one concentration. Degree candidates pursuing the JD Concentration in Criminal Law & Procedure must complete a minimum of 16 credits, including 8 required credits, and must graduate with a cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.25 in coursework taken to fulfill the concentration.
Candidates are strongly encouraged to take Lawyering Skills IV: Drafting: Criminal Litigation (TADR 460) and Externship: Criminal (TADR 470/473).
Curriculum Heading link
- Civil & Criminal Tax Procedure (TAX 533, 2 Credits)
- Counseling & Negotiations (TADR 426, 3 Credits)
- Cyber Crime, Information Warfare and Economic Espionage (JD 472, 3 Credits)
- Expert Witnesses (TADR 429, 2 Credits)
- Externship: Criminal Law Fieldwork (TADR 473, 2-3 Credits)*
- Externship: Restorative Justice Class (TADR 476, 2 Credits)*
- Federal Courts (LAW 571, 3 Credits)
- Federal Criminal Law (LAW 570, 3 Credits)
- Human Rights, Race & Mass Incarceration (LAW 474, 3 Credits)
- Illinois Criminal Trial Litigation Strategy (TADR 427, 3 Credits)
- Illinois Evidence (TADR 450, 2 Credits)
- Independent Study in Law (LAW 596, 1-2 Credits)†
- International Criminal Law (LAW 517, 3 Credits)
- Jury Selection (TADR 424, 2 Credits)
- Lawyering Skills IV: Drafting: Criminal Litigation (TADR 460, 2 Credits)
- Litigation Technology (TADR 428, 3 Credits)
- Sex Crimes (TADR 432, 3 Credits)
- White Collar Crime (TADR 430, 2 Credits)
* Concentration candidates who take this experiential learning component must take both the class and placement components.
† Topic must be approved in advance by the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and the faculty director.
If approved in advance by the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and the faculty director and, if necessary, the appropriate person in the UIC college offering the course, a student may take one graduate-level course at UIC in criminal justice, forensic science, or another highly relevant field.