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Criminal Law Practice Program

Recognizing that ethical and effective criminal legal prosecution and defense are essential to the maintenance of a just society and thus fulfill Pepperdine University School of Law's ultimate goal of equipping law students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership, Pepperdine offers a certificate program designed to equip students with the educational and experiential tools necessary to effectively engage in criminal legal practice.


To obtain a Certificate in Criminal Legal Practice, a student must complete the course of study outlined below:


Required Courses (12-13 units)

  • Criminal Law (3)
  • Criminal Procedure (3)
  • Evidence (3-4)
  • Trial Practice (3)

Elective Courses (8 additional units)

  • Advanced Trial Practice
  • Clinical Law-Criminal Externship (with a government agency within the criminal justice field)
  • Domestic Violence Law Seminar (2)
  • International Criminal Law (1-3)
  • Juvenile Rights: Substance and Procedure (2-3)
  • Interviewing, Counseling and Planning (2)
  • Negotiation Theory and Practice (2)
  • Police Practices (2)
  • Sentencing and Corrections (2)
  • Trial Preparation and Settlement-Criminal (2)
  • Interschool Trial Competition (2 units maximum)
  • Interschool Appellate Advocacy Competition (2 units maximum)
  • Other courses related to criminal legal practice jointly approved by the academic dean and director

Students wishing to participate in the program, should send an email to Professor Harry Caldwell .