Criminal Practice

In the practice of criminal law, you would be involved in either prosecuting criminal cases or representing criminal defendants. Even if you do not specialize in criminal law but instead pursue general practice, you might represent some clients in criminal cases. Basic substantive criminal law and an introduction to some aspects of criminal procedure are included in the first year curriculum. The upper level courses listed below will develop your understanding of the more complex issues of substance and procedure that arise in criminal cases. In addition, because the practice of criminal law involves both trial and appellate practice, you should take the designated courses designed to develop and hone those skills.  An externship will give you a chance to apply those skills while still in law school.

General Courses

  • Accounting for Lawyers
  • Computer Apps in Litigation
  • Corporate & White Collar Crime
  • Corporate Compliance Risk Management
  • Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
  • Criminal Procedure: Investigation
  • Criminal Prosecution in the 21st Century
  • Death Penalty: Theory & Practice
  • Evidence
  • Federal Courts/Federal Systems
  • Health Care Fraud & Abuse
  • Human Trafficking
  • Immigration Law
  • Interviewing/Counseling
  • Law & Psychology
  • Law, Science and Advocacy
  • Trial Advocacy
    • Intensive Trial Advocacy
    • Trial Practice Competition
    • Advanced Trial Advocacy (Criminal)
  • Sentencing and Punishment
  • Villanova Sentencing Workshop

 

 

 

 

Practical Writing Courses

  • Legal Writing 3 (LW3): Litigation
    •  2nd Year students only. Students must complete this course or LW3: Transactional before taking a Practical Writing course
  • Crime & Emerging Technology
  • Litigation Drafting
 

Research Paper Courses

  • Advanced Issues in Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights
  • Police Conduct Seminar
  • Public Interest Lawyering
  • Supreme Court

 

 

  • Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Bucks County District Attorney's Office
  • Camden County Prosecutor’s office
  • Chester County District Attorney's Office
  • Defender Association of Philadelphia
  • Delaware County District Attorney's Office
  • Judicial Externships
  • Montgomery County District Attorney's Office
  • Montgomery County Juvenile Justice
  • Montgomery County Public Defender's Office
  • Pennsylvania Innocence Project
  • Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
  • Philadelphia District Attorney's Office--Appellate Division
  • US Department of Justice, Criminal Division
  • Federal Capital Defense Externship