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Criminal Law Practice Concentration

Criminal law and procedure is a fascinating area of study, preparing students for a wide range of career paths after graduation. Western New England University School of Law alumni work in all facets of the criminal justice system, as prosecutors and defense attorneys, in government and private practice. The concentration requires foundational courses in Criminal Law and Evidence, as well as additional elective courses in several areas including International Criminal Law, White Collar Crime, Post-Conviction Rights, and Juvenile Justice. Students in the concentration also gain lawyering skills through their placement in an experiential learning environment. 

Required Courses

  • Evidence
  • Criminal Law


In addition to completing the foundational courses, students are required to take 16 credits of coursework  from the courses listed below.  One course must be a skills course.  

  • Advanced Criminal Law
  • Civil Rights Police Misconduct
  • Cybercrime and Digital Evidence
  • Criminal Pre-Trial Practice*
  • Criminal Law Prosecution Clinic*
  • Criminal Law Defense Practicum*
  • Criminal Procedure: Investigation
  • Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
  • Criminal Procedure Simulation*
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Domestic Violence
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • International Criminal Justice
  • Investigations & Exonerations
  • Juvenile Justice
  • White Collar Crime

* Denotes a skills course

The Associate Dean may also permit externships, independent studies, and LL.M courses to count toward concentration requirements upon petition of a student in advance.

Concentration Request Form

Please go to course descriptions to view all course descriptions and offerings.

*Note: Some courses will not be offered every Academic Year.