Criminal Justice Concentration
Crime and punishment issues reverberate throughout our society. From TV studios to real-life courtroom drama, the criminal justice system is on display. Lawyers play a leading role in defining criminal justice, including prosecuting cases, defending the accused, representing victims' rights, managing prisons, pursuing appeals, and assessing our criminal justice system with an eye toward reform. The Pacific McGeorge Criminal Justice Concentration prepares students for careers in this vitally important field.
How to Apply
To apply, complete the Certificate/Concentration Form prior to the Add/Drop Deadline of your final law school term. Students may, and are encouraged to, fill out the form earlier.
Explore a Criminal Justice Concentration
Field Placements and Externships — Students perform on-site legal work as externs under the supervision of field placement supervisors in government agencies that specialize in criminal law, including local, state and federal agencies such as the California Attorney General's Office, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Legal Clinics — Pacific McGeorge features legal clinics that allow students to represent clients in actual criminal law proceedings under the supervision of a professor expert in a specific field. Our Federal Defender Clinic is one of only two in the country where students defend misdemeanor charges in U.S. District Court. The Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic and the Criminal Appellate Advocacy Clinic also allow students to work with real-world clients.