Criminal Justice Program
The University of Oregon Criminal Justice Program prepares future lawyers with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to practice in the criminal-justice system as prosecutors and attorneys for criminal defendants and parents and children in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
Led by full-time professors Carrie Leonetti and Leslie Harris, both former criminal and child-advocacy practitioners, the Criminal Justice Program offers a variety of courses and opportunities for students interested in careers in criminal and juvenile justice.
The Criminal Justice Program gives students a rich exposure to the theory and practice of criminal law, juvenile justice and child advocacy law. All of the teachers of the core classes in this area have substantial practical experience as attorneys and law reformers, which enhances their teaching and ability to prepare students for practice. Law graduates with expertise in these areas find work in the public and private sectors, and Program alumni work in criminal justice advocacy practice across the country.