Certificate in Criminal Law
Touro Law’s Certificate in Criminal Law is designed to aid students in their pursuit of careers as prosecutors and defense attorneys by offering a course of study in criminal law theory, advocacy skills development, and experiential learning through clinics and externships. When prospective employers review the records of our Certificate students, they will be assured that these job applicants have the requisite substantive law knowledge and skills training to be highly successful attorneys in this specialized field of legal practice.
At Touro Law Center, many students express an interest in criminal law and wish to learn about the substantive law, policy, ethics, and skills needed in order to become practitioners in this field. Touro Law offers these students the opportunity to earn a Certificate of Criminal Law. The Certificate indicates that the student has focused a significant part of his or her coursework on acquiring the knowledge, skills and experience required of prosecutors and defense attorneys.
A Certificate in Criminal Law will be awarded to students who complete a minimum of 27 credits in designated coursework and satisfy all required, elective, skills and experiential learning coursework as outlined below. Additionally, all certificate students are required to complete their Advanced Writing Requirement (AWR) on a topic associated with Criminal Law. Faculty teaching all of the Elective courses will be asked to provide opportunities for Certificate students to fulfill the AWR.
To earn a Certificate, students must satisfy the following course/credit requirements:
Required Courses (15 credits)
Criminal Law I (3)
Criminal Law II (3)
Criminal Procedure (3)
Ethical Criminal Practice (2)
Choice of Electives (minimum of 2 credits)
New York Criminal Procedure (2)
Selected Topics in Criminal Procedure (2)
Selected Topics in Criminal Justice (2)
Environmental Crimes (3)
Comparative Criminal Justice (3)
International Criminal Law (3)
National Security and the Law (3)
Choice of Skills Development Courses (minimum of 5 credits)
Trial Practice-Criminal (3)
Advanced Trial Practice (3)
Advanced Legal Research (2)
Appellate Advocacy (2)
New York Legal Research (1)
Advanced Persuasive Writing (2)
Criminal Procedure Practice Module (2)
Choice of Experiential Component (minimum 5 credits)
Advanced Criminal Prosecution Externship (5)
Criminal Law Externship (5)
Judicial Clerkship Externship – Selected Placements (5)
U.S. Attorney’s Office Externship (6)
For additional information about the Certificate program, please contact the Office of the Registrar at (631) 761-7040.