Juris Doctor Program - Criminal Law

University of California Hastings College of the Law
United States
Doctoral Degree (PhD)
Study mode
3 years
Tuition fee (local)
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Tuition fee (foreign)
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Required Courses 

  • Criminal Procedure 
  • Evidence 
  • A clinic or the Legal Externship Program and Fieldwork that provides work in a criminal law clinical or field setting 
  • Criminal Law & Theory Concentration Seminar 

Qualifying Electives 

  • Advanced Criminal Law Seminar: Issues in Criminal Defense 
  • California Appellate Process 
  • Capital Punishment Seminar 
  • Child Maltreatment in Context: Seminar 
  • Comparative Criminal Justice Seminar 
  • Corrections and Criminal Justice: Legal Policy, Practice and Reform Seminar 
  • Criminal Practice Clinic (counts as two courses toward the concentration requirement)
  • Criminal Procedure: Adjudicative Process 
  • Criminal Punishment Seminar 
  • Crimmigration: The Federal Consequences of State Convictions 
  • Comparative Criminal Justice Seminar 
  • Domestic Violence 
  • Federal Criminal Law 
  • Forensic Evidence Seminar 
  • Judicial Externship (applicable to the concentration if the externship involves criminal issues to a substantial degree)
  • International Criminal Law 
  • International War Crimes Prosecution Seminar 
  • Jurisprudence 
  • Jury Instructions Seminar 
  • Juvenile Justice Seminar 
  • Law and Morality Seminar 
  • Law, Psychiatry, and Mental Health System 
  • Legal Interpretation: The Language of Jury Instructions 
  • Legislation Clinic (applicable to the concentration if the clinic involves criminal issues to a substantial degree)
  • Local Government Law (applicable to the concentration if the clinic assignment involves criminal issues to a substantial degree)
  • Post-Conviction Remedies 
  • Prosecuting International Price-Fixing Cartels Seminar 
  • Race, Racism, and American Law 
  • Roles and Ethics in Practice 
  • Scientific Method for Lawyers 
  • Science and Law Seminar
  • Science in Law 
  • Sociology of Criminal Justice Seminar 
  • Theoretical Criminology 
  • Terrorism and the Law Seminar 
  • Trial Advocacy I (civil or criminal) 
  • Trial Advocacy II (civil or criminal) 
  • Trial Advocacy (Intensive) 
  • Trial Objections 
  • War on Drugs 
  • Wrongful Convictions Seminar 

Writing Requirement

  • Students must successfully complete a paper that satisfies the writing requirement and that is substantially related to criminal law, criminal procedure, or criminal theory. The paper may be produced for any course or independent project. The Advisors of the concentration will have the authority to determine whether the student’s topic satisfies the requirement. Students are encouraged to seek an Advisor’s approval of their topic prior to embarking on a writing project.

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