The Concentration in Criminal Litigation Skills provides students an opportunity to develop the skills and relationships necessary in the fields of criminal defense and prosecution. Full-time students should be able to complete the concentration requirements within the existing scheduling schema. Part-time students who are able to take an occasional day/afternoon course and fulfill the clinical requirements will also be able to complete the concentration.
Criminal Procedure courses
1. Criminal Procedure: Investigation
2. Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
Evidence and Trial Advocacy courses
2. Trial Advocacy I
3. Trial Advocacy II
Students must complete a two (2) credit hour paper exploring some aspect of the criminal justice system. This requirement can be satisfied by successfully completing a seminar paper, a journal note, or a directed research project approved by Professor McGraugh. Some of the seminars in which students have completed a paper include, but are not limited to, the following:
Capstone-Criminal Defense Advocacy Clinic
Students are strongly encouraged to participate in pro bono legal service prior to graduation. Pro bono work may be on behalf of a governmental agency, a non-profit organization, or indigent individuals. The pro-bono coordinator for SLU LAW is Brendan Roediger.
Criminal Defense Concentration Faculty Advisor- Susan McGraugh