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 (11 hours)
Advanced Criminal Procedure (3hrs) 9350
Criminal Practice & Procedure (3hrs) 9352 or (4hrs) 9467
Post-Conviction Procedure: Sentencing (2hrs) 9259
Prosecutorial Externship (2hrs) 9253
Criminal Practice Electives (at least three courses from this group)
Client Counseling (2hrs) 9227
Healthcare Fraud & Abuse (2hrs) 9285
Immigration Law (3hrs) 9373
Juvenile Justice (2hrs) 9254
Post-Conviction Procedure: Criminal Appeals (2hrs) 9255
White Collar Crime (4hrs) 9451
Contact Professor Serr with for additional information.