Explore Criminal Practice

Justice for all

In books and on television, lawyers are often shown prosecuting or defending an alleged criminal before a judge. The reality is that criminal justice advocacy is far more complex than what happens in a courtroom.

As a student in Oregon Law’s Criminal Practice Program, you will develop a strong foundation in the fundamental issues of an individual's liability, security, responsibility, liberty and constitutional rights. Through hands-on coursework, externships, and clerkships, you will gain the skills  to prepare you for a broad range of careers, including working in the public sector as a prosecutor or defense attorney, in private practice, and in criminal justice advocacy practice anywhere in the country.

Careers | Coursework | Faculty | Skills | Professional Development | Extracurriculars


Common Careers

  • Prosecutor
  • Public Defender
  • Privately retained defense attorney
  • Policymaker
  • Criminal Justice Administrator/Analyst
  • Civil Rights Litigator
  • Federal Law Enforcement Agent

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Selected Criminal Practice Coursework


FIRST YEAR (1L)
•  Torts 
•  Contracts 
•  Civil Procedure
•  Constitutional Law I
•  Criminal Law

SECOND YEAR (2L)
• Constitutional law II
• Legal Profession
• Criminal Adjudication
• Criminal Investigation
• Evidence
• Race, Gender, Bias and the Law
• Immigration
• Women & the Law

THIRD YEAR (3L)
• Children and the Law
• Federal Income Tax 1
• Forensic Science and Criminal Law PDX
• International Criminal Law
• Domestic Violence Seminar
• White Collar Crime
• Politics and Advocacy in the Supreme Court
• Mental Health in Criminal Law
• Mental Health in Criminal Law PDX

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Core Faculty
 

  
Carrie Leonetti
Criminal procedure and evidence
expert with extensive experience
in trial, appellate, and
post-conviction criminal law.


Margie Paris
Specialist in white-collar crime and
former vice-chair of the editorial
board for ABA's criminal justice magazine.


Ofer Raban
Former New York prosecutor and
expert in the areas of legal theory
and criminal investigation.

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Practical Skills Training 
 

FIRST YEAR (1L)
•  Legal Research and Writing (Ranked #4 in the nation)

SECOND YEAR (2L)
• Trial Practice
• Judicial Externship
• Interview & Counsel 

THIRD YEAR (3L)
• Criminal Defense Clinic or Prosecution Clinic
• Federal Jurisdiction
• Writing in Law Practice
• Criminal Justice Externship

PRACTICAL SKILLS FACULTY
Suzanne Rowe
Elizabeth Frost
Megan McA!pin
Joan Rocklin 

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Professional Development 


FIRST YEAR (1L)
• Professional Development Seminar
• Explore criminal law practice areas
• Meet with career counselor
• Join UO Law Linkedln group
• Apply for criminal law summer internship
• Summer experience, examples: U.S. Attorney;
  District Attorney; Public Defender

SECOND YEAR (2L)
• Narrow career exploration to specific employers/locations
• Seek out networking opportunities
• Join OCDLA as a student member and attend CLE seminars at a reduced rate
• Apply for criminal law summer internship
• Summer experiencem examples: Law firm summer clerk;
  U.S. Attorney; DistrictAttorney; Public Defender

THIRD YEAR (3L)
•  Apply for jobs and post-JD opportunities

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Criminal Practice Extracurriculars
 

FIRST YEAR (1L)
• Consider joining: 
• Criminal Law Association
• Moot Court Board
• Meet faculty mentor
• Multicultural Law Student Association

SECOND YEAR (2L)
• lntraschool Moot Court competition
• Join Public Interest Public Service Student Organization

THIRD YEAR (3L)
• Join Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association as a student member
• Moot Court Mock Trial

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