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Criminal Law Concentration

Criminal Law Degree Concentration

The Criminal Law Program builds on the school’s dynamic criminal law curriculum, exceptional criminal law faculty and an array of co-op and clinic opportunities that provide firsthand experience in the criminal courts.

The program provides a strong theoretical foundation while preparing you for the realities of a career practicing criminal law. Our graduates have launched satisfying careers with District Attorney’s Offices throughout the country as well as public defender’s offices from Philadelphia to Miami. Others have started their careers in private practice or in the criminal courts, working as judicial law clerks.

Gain Skills to Win Your First Criminal Cases.

The curriculum covers traditional courses such as criminal procedure and trial advocacy as well as more specialized subjects such as sentencing law and health care fraud and abuse. The required concentration co-op or clinic placements, in addition to pro bono service, will help you win your first legal battles, sometimes before you even you start your career.

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Veteran Criminal Justice Practitioners.

Completing a concentration in Criminal Law will put you at the center of a robust community of criminal law practitioners. Our criminal law professors, who have worked as prosecutorsdefense attorneys and who are recognized experts in criminal theory and civil rights, will help you navigate the spectrum of challenges real practitioners face so that you will be able to tackle any legal issue.

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Professor Emily B. Zimmerman

Emily B. Zimmerman

Director of the Criminal Law Program

Director Emily Zimmerman conducts empirical research to assess strengths and weaknesses in legal pedagogy and methods for promoting student enthusiasm. She has served on the Professional Development Committee of the Legal Writing Institute, on the board of Academics Promoting the Pedagogy of Effective Advocacy in Law and as co-editor of the Legal Writing Journal of the Social Science Research Network.

Before teaching, Professor Zimmerman was the chief of the Civil and Exceptional Litigation Unit for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where she had also supervised the Municipal Court Unit and worked as a trial prosecutor.


Phone: 215.571.4713

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