Criminal Litigation Skills

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.

Concentration Requirements 

Criminal Procedure courses

1. Criminal Procedure: Investigation
2. Criminal Procedure: Adjudication

Evidence and Trial Advocacy courses

1. Evidence
2. Trial Advocacy I

Writing Component
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:

  1. Critical Race Theory
  2. Death Penalty
  3. Famous Criminal Trials
  4. The Psychology of Criminal Trials
  5. White Collar Crime

Federal Criminal Prosecution (not a seminar) also fulfills this requirement.

Capstone-Criminal Defense Advocacy Clinic

  1. Criminal Defense Clinic I and Criminal Defense Advocacy Course or
  2. Externship placement at Prosecutor's office and Companion Course or
  3. Equivalent clerkship experience at a public criminal justice agency(with permission of Professor McGraugh and verification by supervising attorney).

Public Service
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