Certificate in Criminal Practice
Section 1. An applicant for an NIU-COL Certificate in Criminal Practice must earn a minimum of eighteen (18) academic credits in the courses listed in sections 1.a. and 1.b. and must complete at least one of the additional activities described in section 1.c.
a. Required Basic Courses. Completion of all of the following basic courses is required for the NIU-COL Certificate in Criminal Practice:
i. Criminal Procedure: Police Investigation;
ii. Criminal Procedure: Adjudication;
iii. Evidence; and
iv. Trial Advocacy.
b. Required Capstone Courses. An applicant for the NIU-COL Certificate in Criminal Practice must complete one of the capstone courses listed in Schedule A.
c. Elective Courses. An applicant for the NIU-COL Certificate in Criminal Practice is further required to earn sufficient academic credits from the list of elective courses in Schedule B in order to meet the eighteen-credit minimum described above.
d. Required Additional Skills Development Activities. An applicant for the NIU-COL Certificate in Criminal Practice must complete one of the co-curricular or extra-curricular activities listed in Schedule B. For purposes of this requirement, completion of an activity means
(i) participation in the preliminary rounds of an internal or external student competition and, in the case of external competitions, participation in faculty-supervised practice sessions, or
(ii) qualification for College of Law Approved Pro Bono Service Recognition.
Section 2. An applicant for the NIU-COL Certificate in Criminal Practice must also meet the GPA and other requirements set forth in the attached College of Law Guidelines for Certificate Programs.
List of Capstone Courses for Criminal Practice Certificate
Completion of one of the following capstone courses is required under section 1.b:
1. Juvenile Justice Clinic
2. Criminal Law Externship
3. Juvenile Court Externship
4. Appellate Defender Program
5. Illinois Innocence Project Externship
6. Judicial Externship, if primarily focused on criminal practice and approved in advance for certificate eligibility by the supervising faculty member
7. Another externship or clinic primarily focused on criminal practice, as approved in advance for certificate eligibility by the supervising faculty member
List of Elective Courses for Criminal Practice Certificate
Courses selected from the following list of electives may be used to satisfy the requirements in section 1.c:
1. Advanced Trial Advocacy
2. Criminal Practice Skills
3. White Collar Crime
5. Any of the courses listed in Section 1.b., if not counted toward the Required Capstone Course in that section
List of Additional Skills Development Activities for Criminal Practice Certificate
Completion of one of the following activities meets the requirements of section 1.c.:
1. Lenny Mandell Prize Moot Court Competition
2. 2L Trial Advocacy Competition
3. ABA Client Counseling Competition
4. ABA Negotiation Competition
5. ABA Advocacy in Mediation Competition
6. Appellate Lawyers Association Moot Court Competition
7. Black Law Students Association Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition
8. Chicago Bar Association Moot Court Competition
9. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
10. John Marshall Law School International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law
11. National Latino Law Students Moot Court Competition
12. National Moot Court Competition
13. National Trial Competition
14. American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition
15. Another equivalent internal or external student competition facilitating development of practice skills that is approved in advance for certificate eligibility by the supervising faculty member
16. Criminal-law related pro bono service approved by the supervising faculty member