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Criminal Law Certificate Program

Delaware Law students can concentrate graduate with a certificate reflecting their concentration on and excellence in criminal law.

Admission Requirement

Students must submit an application to the Office of the Registrar no later than the drop/add period of their final semester. To be awarded a criminal law certificate, a student must have an overall cumulative average of 2.8 and 2.8 cumulative average in all concentration courses.

Required Courses

Students must take the following courses to earn a criminal law certificate:

  • Criminal Procedure I
  • Criminal Procedure II
  • Evidence
  • Advanced Trial Methods (Criminal) or Seminar: Advanced Problems in Criminal Law
  • Criminal Defense Clinic or criminal law externship approved by faculty responsible for the certificate program. (A student who cannot be accommodated in the clinic or in an externship may substitute another course with the consent of the faculty responsible for the certificate program.)
Elective Courses

Students must also take two of the following courses:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Federal Criminal Practice
  • International Criminal Law (or similar Summer Institute courses) 
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Pre-Trial Methods (Criminal)
  • Seminar: Forensic Evidence
  • Seminar: Post-Conviction Remedies
  • Seminar: Violence Against Women
  • White Collar Crime
Writing Requirement

All students seeking a criminal law certificate must prepare a scholarly research paper approved by the certificate program director on a subject related to criminal law and policy in one of the following:

  • Any criminal law seminar (including seminars taught by adjuncts, even though such papers may not satisfy the senior writing requirement)
  • Directed research project with a faculty member

Writing for the Widener Law Review, Widener Journal of Law, Economics, and Race, or Delaware Journal of Corporate Law