Criminal Law Pathway
Criminal Law is the body of substantive law (statutes and cases) that define proscribed social conduct and specify the punishment of people who violate these laws. Criminal laws are enforced according to the rules of criminal procedure, which derive from the Bill of Rights and govern both the investigation and prosecution of criminal wrongdoing. All federal and state criminal (and civil) cases are adjudicated in accordance with the rules of evidence. Students in the criminal law pathway consider substantive criminal law, procedure and evidence and learn criminal justice advocacy skills. Most will also consider the role of international criminal justice institutions, which employ unique rules of procedure and evidence and draw from international human rights law. In each context, students will assess broader policy questions including the purpose of criminal law, the role of the police, and the jury system while developing skills essential to future work as prosecutors, defense counsel, private practice counsel, judicial clerks and judges.
There are a number of courses devoted to subjects within the area of Criminal Law as well courses to help you prepare to take the bar examination. Students who want to pursue legal practice in this area should consider the courses below. Other courses, besides those listed below, are offered under the FIU College of Law curriculum.
Please view the Schedule of Classes to determine which courses will be offered during the current school year.
Foundation Courses related to this pathway include: Criminal Law.
- Criminal Procedure: Investigation
- Professional Responsibility
- Trial Advocacy
- Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
- Appellate Procedure I
- Appellate Procedure II
- Civil Rights
- Death Penalty
- International Criminal Law
- Pre-trial Practice
- White Collar Crime
- Administrative Law
- Law, Science, and Technology
- Military Justice
- Seminar: Scientific and Forensic Evidence
- Seminar: Sexual Violence Against Women