Criminal Practice

The Criminal Practice Professional Track is designed to provide students with a broad exposure to concepts, topics, and skills vital to criminal practitioners. Choosing this professional track provides students with a firm foundation for beginning a career in criminal law. 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. This track carries students well beyond the Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure courses which are required of all students. The Criminal Practice Professional Track provides 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 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. This professional track qualifies as a foundation track for the Special Distinction in Litigation.


Criminal Practice Required Courses (10 hours)

Advanced Criminal Procedure (3hrs) 9350

Texas Criminal Practice & Procedure (3hrs) 9352

Post-Conviction Procedure: Sentencing (2hrs) 9259

Prosecutorial Field Placement (2hrs) 9253


Criminal Practice Electives (at least three courses from this group)

Client Counseling (2hrs) 9227

Criminal Law Capstone (1hr) 9158

Healthcare Fraud & Abuse (2hrs) 9285

Immigration Law (3hrs) 9373

Juvenile Justice (2hrs) 9254

Post-Conviction Procedure: Criminal Appeals (2hrs) 9255

White Collar Crime (3hrs) 9351


The Criminal Practice Professional Track is a litigation track that may serve as the foundation for the Special Distinction in Litigation. A student who does not complete the criminal law capstone but completes the Criminal Practice Professional Track and additional requirements for the Special Distinction in Litigation will still be able to obtain the Special Distinction in Litigation.

Contact Professor Serr with for additional information.