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Criminal Law

An understanding of criminal law is crucial for any future attorney, but for aspiring prosecutors and defense attorneys, Penn State Law offers classroom and clinical work—including through the Indigent Criminal Justice Practicum—that opens doors to law firms and district attorney and public defender offices. 

Pilot Concentration Program for the Class of 2020

The Penn State Law faculty has approved this program for current third-year J.D. students and current LL.M. students graduating Spring 2020.  Students may earn Concentration recognition in Criminal Law using courses from the Selected Courses section below.  J.D. students must earn a minimum of 12 credits and LL.M. students a minimum of 9 credits.  A minimum grade of ‘C’ is required for each course being used toward this Concentration. Upon verification of completion, students will receive a document of recognition.

Declare your intent to complete this Concentration - Concentration Declaration Application - Deadline for Spring 2020 Application is January 31, 2020.  

Upon completion of the requirements, submit your academic eligibility – Concentration Completion Application

Criminal Law Faculty

Selected Courses:

  • Advanced Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Law (LLMs Only)
  • Criminal Procedure (LLMs Only)
  • Cybercrime
  • Evidence
  • Federal Criminal Practice
  • Indigent Criminal Justice Practicum
  • International Criminal Law
  • Policy Issues in Corporate Crime Seminar
  • White-Collar Crime

Additional Experiential Opportunities: