Miami Law has an array of courses, faculty, clinics and organizations to help prepare students to work in some aspect of criminal law in government, the non-profit sector, corporations or private practice. Our nationally renowned faculty teach courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, cyber law, sex offender legislation, juvenile justice and other important topics in criminal justice.
Students can further immerse themselves in criminal justice law, policy, and practice through taking seminars that bring students into contact with leading criminal law scholars across the country to participating in clinics, lectures, and student groups.
All students receive an immediate grounding in their first year by studying Criminal Procedure and how the Constitution and criminal justice system regulate government investigation of crime. The other basic course in the area, Substantive Criminal Law, is offered as an elective to both first-year and upper-level students. Once students have a basic grounding, Miami Law offers a wide range of courses from seminars that bring students into contact with leading criminal law scholars across the country to clinics where students become involved in helping represent defendants facing the death penalty.
Specialized Courses, Seminars:
The criminal law and procedure area is taught at Miami Law by professors and practitioners with a wide rage of interests and experience. The faculty teaching in the criminal law area has published articles and books on a diverse array of topics. One professor has devoted twenty years to the Capital Jury Project and the Project's effort to decipher the inner workings of juries. Another professor is engaging in empirical research that digs down past myths and assumptions surrounding sex offenders as a way to understand the realities of sex offenders.
Some of our faculty members have been prosecutors, others have been criminal defense attorneys, and others have worked for both the government and the defense. Our full-time faculty includes:
Clinics: Students who participate in any of the Law School's clinics have the opportunity to work on cases that expose them to a wide variety of legal, ethical, strategic, and public policy issues that arise in the practice of criminal law. Our clinics include:
Externships: We offer students abundant opportunities for part-time work during the school year or full-time work during the summer in the field of criminal justice. Miami Law has externship opportunities run through out Litigation Skills Program and through the Career Development Office.
Litigation Skills Externship Program: The Litigation Skills Externship Program provides students with a wide variety of hands-on professional opportunities. Past national placements have included:
Past international placements have included:
Local placements often include:
Litigation Skills Externship Program: The CDO Externship Program allows students to obtain academic credit while working in a real world legal setting. Below is a sampling of externships that students with an interest in criminal law have pursued as part of this program:
While one can become an expert in a particular legal area through work experience and post-law school study, many students choose to focus on a particular subject area during law school.
At Miami Law we have expertise in an array of legal areas some of which include:
Our acclaimed Litigation Skills Program -- Lit Skills I (Criminal) and Lit Skills II (Advanced Criminal) -- offers students rigorous, hands-on litigation training.
How the program is unique: