Concentration in Criminal Law

Touro Law’s Concentration 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 concentration 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 concentration in Criminal Law. The concentration 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 concentration in Criminal Law will be awarded to students who complete a minimum of 24 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 concentration, students must satisfy the following course/credit requirements:
Required Courses (10-11 credits)
Criminal Law II (3)
Criminal Procedure (3)
Experiential Course (4-5):
     -Criminal Externship (4)
     -Selected Judicial Externship (4)
     -Criminal Prosecution Clinic (5)
     -Criminal Defense Clinic (5)
     -Youth Court (4) 
All students must also complete these required courses (9 credits):
Criminal Law I (3)
Evidence (4)
Ethical Criminal Practice (2) 
Choice of Electives (4 credits)
New York Criminal Procedure (3) summer
Comparative Criminal Justice (3)
International Criminal Law (3)
Racism and American Law (1)
Problem-Solving Courts (3) 
Selected Topics in Criminal Practice (2)
Selected Topics in Criminal Justice (2)
White Collar Crime (2)
Environmental Crimes (3)
Cybercrime (2)
National Security and the Law (3)
Choice of Skills Development Courses (2-3 credits, all satisfy the ISR requirement)
Trial Practice-Criminal (3)
Criminal Procedure Practice Module (2)
ATC - Introduction to NY State Courts (3)
ATC - Justice Courts  
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)
Advanced Writing Requirement
Completion of the Advanced Writing Requirement on a topic associated with Criminal Law is strongly encouraged.
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