Criminal Law and Procedure

Preparing you to be the ultimate trial lawyer.

Through the Criminal Law and Procedure certificate at Creighton School of Law, you’ll be prepared for a legal career focused on fundamental issues of security, personal liberty and constitutional rights.

Your Experience

After mastering the basics in your criminal law and procedure courses, you’ll expand your substantive knowledge into a variety of areas, including white collar crime, juvenile law, and international and comparative studies. You’ll also develop trial practice skills in many of the elective courses and put them to use by competing on our championship trial and moot court teams and by completing externships with judges, prosecutors and public defenders. As a capstone to the certificate, you must complete a substantial writing project under the supervision of a faculty member as described below.

Your Courses

You must earn 18 credit hours from the elective courses listed below and maintain a 3.0 GPA within the Criminal Law and Procedure certificate. In addition, you must complete a substantial writing project. The substantial writing project may be taken for 1, 2 or 3 credit hours, must be completed under the supervision of a faculty member and must have a substantial focus on criminal law and procedure. Trial briefs or work completed as part of a trial or appellate team may not be used to satisfy the substantial writing project requirement. Take-home exams also do not qualify as substantial writing projects.

Students may complete the substantial writing project by:

  • Enrolling in a Selected Research Topics course for 1, 2 or 3 credit hours and completing a paper that is substantially related to criminal law/procedure under the direct supervision of a faculty member; or
  • Writing a paper in an elective course that has a paper component as part of the grade for that course. The paper must have a significant criminal law/procedure focus.

A student who is uncertain about whether a particular topic qualifies for the criminal law/procedure certificate should seek the advice of the certificate advisor before beginning the paper.

Finally, students who are interested in pursuing the criminal law/procedure concentration are strongly encouraged to begin thinking about and preparing for the substantial writing project during their second year of law school.

Required Core Courses

LAW 115 Criminal Law (3)
LAW 341 Criminal Procedure (3) 
Note: Since Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure are required courses, they will not count toward the 18 credit hour requirement under this certificate.

Elective Courses

Substantive Courses 

Select at least one. Also, each of the following satisfies the substantial project provided completion of any additional requirements set forth by the course professor for the project. Students should notify the professor at the beginning of the semester of their desire to satisfy the project requirement by taking the course.
LAW 320 Comparative Criminal Procedure (2)
LAW 382 International Criminal Law (2 or 3)
LAW 377 Juvenile Law (3)
LAW 386 Juvenile Offender Law (3)
LAW 402 Law of Armed Conflict (2)
LAW 459 White Collar Crime (3)

Skills Courses

Select at least one.
LAW 308 Advanced Trial Practice (3)
LAW 348 Criminal Process of Adjudication (3)
LAW 441 Cross Examination (3)
LAW 345 Defense of Criminal Cases (2)
LAW 420 Federal Habeas Corpus (3)
LAW 418 Prosecution of Criminal Cases (2)
LAW 431 Scientific Evidence (3)
Selected Externships (3)
LAW 435 Selected Research Topics (1/2/3)
LAW 485 Selected Moot Court Competitions (2)
LAW 446 Trial Team (3)
LAW 455 Trial Practice (3)
LAW 445 Wrongful Convictions (3)