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Criminal Practice

Areas of Concentration

Criminal Practice:
Faculty

Career opportunities available in the criminal practice area include joining a district attorney's office as an assistant prosecutor, working for a division of the Texas Attorney General's Office or the United States Department of Justice prosecuting a diverse array of crimes (such as environmental crimes, antitrust crimes, and civil rights violations) or working as a criminal defense attorney. In addition to taking Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure-which are required of all students-students in this area of concentration have the opportunity to acquire a working familiarity with many practical aspects of criminal law and procedure, which are fundamental to criminal practice but often neglected by law schools, including plea bargaining, sentencing procedure, appeal, and habeas corpus. Students concentrating in Criminal Practice also have the opportunity to complete a practice experience in a district attorney's office or federal prosecutor's office under the direct supervision of a prosecutor.

After taking Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure (courses required of all students), those choosing to concentrate in Criminal Practice complete the following courses:

Course NameCredit Hours
Advanced Criminal Procedure3
Criminal Practice & Procedure4
Post-Conviction Procedure: Sentencing2
Prosecutorial Externship2

Criminal Practice students also must complete at least three of the following courses:

Course NameCredit Hours
Client Counseling2
Juvenile Justice3
Post-Conviction Procedure: Appeals & Habeas2
White Collar Crime3

For more information, see Professor Serr.

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