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.

Faculty Director

Declaration to Pursue the Concentration

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.


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).