The Certificate Program in Criminal Law & Procedure offers students interested in the field of criminal law the opportunity to pursue that interest in a structured framework and to achieve special recognition for doing so.

The program is designed to ensure that students

  • are exposed to a broad range of issues in criminal law and procedure,
  • have the experience of writing a supervised research paper, and
  • obtain some practical experience in the field.

The program is intended to be sufficiently flexible to allow students to pursue a particular sub-interest in substantive criminal law or criminal procedure.

Requirements

The program is open to all Rutgers students who have completed their first year of law school. To complete the certificate program, students are required to take Evidence, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication, and Criminal Procedure: Investigation plus an additional minimum of 15 credits in approved upper-level criminal law and criminal procedure-related courses. To obtain the certificate, a student must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in his or her criminal law and procedure courses at the time of graduation.

Students may fulfill their upper-level course requirements by taking approved courses offered at either the Camden or Newark campus, including those being taught in the holodeck. Additional courses may be added to this list with appropriate administrative approval. All courses that can be taken for a letter grade must be taken for a letter grade (as opposed to pass/fail).

The Law School will endeavor to offer students reasonable opportunities to satisfy the requirements of the certificate program. It should be understood, however that resources are limited, and that the demands of the program will have to be balanced against other law school needs. Rising second-year students who are interested in the program are advised to plan in advance to maximize their opportunity to satisfy certificate requirements.

To earn the 15 credits, a student must complete Criminal Procedure: Investigation and Criminal Procedure: Adjudication and at least one course from each of the following two “baskets”:

Upper-level substantive criminal law, including courses in:

Camden Campus

Criminal Practice
Crimmigration
Family Violence & the Law
Federal Criminal Law
International Criminal Law & Criminal Justice Policy
Juvenile Law and Policy
Sex Crimes

Newark Campus

Advanced Topics in Criminal Law
Computer Crimes
Confinement and Reentry Policy
Criminal Law Theory
Domestic Violence
International Criminal Law
Juvenile Justice
Moral Puzzles of Criminal Law
Policing the City
Police Misconduct Law and Policy
Political and Corporate Corruption Law
Punishment and Sentencing
White Collar Crime
Wrongful Convictions

Practicums:

Note: Internships in private law offices would not ordinarily satisfy the Practicum requirement.

Camden Campus

Children’s Justice Clinic
Domestic Violence Clinic
Federal Prisoner Reentry Clinic
Externships with local, state, and federal prosecutors, state and federal public defenders, and criminal court judges with the approval and under the supervision of the Director of Externships.

Newark Campus

Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic
Criminal Motion Practice
Criminal Pretrial Practice
Criminal Trial Presentation
Intensive Criminal Trial Advocacy
Externships with local, state, and federal prosecutors, state and federal public defenders, and criminal court judges with the approval and under the supervision of the Director of Externships.

Students should submit their application to Professor Margo Kaplan (Camden) or Professor George Thomas (Newark) at the beginning of the semester in which they expect to complete the requirements.

Students or prospective students with questions about the Criminal Law & Procedure Certificate Program should contact Professor Margo Kaplan (Camden) or Professor George Thomas (Newark).