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.