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Concentration in Criminal Law

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The Concentration in Criminal Law provides students with broad-based, comprehensive training in the law and skills needed to become prosecutors, defenders, or to practice criminal law in a private firm setting.

In order to receive the Criminal Law Concentration, students must earn at least 18 credits with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 from the following courses and satisfy the writing requirement as outlined below.


  • REQ7140 - Criminal Law (3) AND
  • CRI7262 - Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3) OR
  • CRI7307 - Criminal Practice & Procedure (4)
  • LIT7210 - Evidence (4)


  • LIT7220 - Trial Practice (3) OR
  • LIT7318 - Intensive Trial Practice (2 or 3 credits depending on whether the student is selected to compete in the Texas Young Lawyers' Association Trial Competition)


  • A law review note written on a criminal law topic and submitted for AWR credit (2 credits) or a seminar, to be chosen from the following list, in which the student fulfills his/her AWR requirement (2-3 credits):
    • CRI7305 Advanced Criminal Law (3)
    • CRI7313 Capital Punishment Seminar (2)
    • CRI7319 Juvenile Justice Seminar (2)
    • CRI7314 Narcotics Law and Policy Seminar (2)
    • CRI7304 Sex Crimes Seminar (2)