Criminal Law

Berkeley Law offers a comprehensive criminal law curriculum taught by leading scholars who also have deep experience in practice, policy, and government. All JD students take criminal law during their first year. The upper-division curriculum is a mix of building block courses (such as criminal procedure) and more advanced offerings tailored to students' particular areas of interest (such as the death penalty and juvenile justice). Rich clinical, skills and writing opportunities round out the mix.  Students may work alongside faculty members in the Death Penalty Clinic, experience the criminal justice system at one of the many agencies and non-profits in the Bay Area, or take a criminal trial practice course.  There are also opportunities for students to write papers, sometimes for publication in the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, or to assist with the projects of the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice.