Law students at Northeastern University School of Law have a unique opportunity to focus on criminal justice. The concentration in Criminal Law and Justice allows students to thoroughly engage in criminal procedure and substantive criminal law through offerings of specialized courses, clinics and co-op opportunities developed by leading legal practitioners and scholars. This concentration prepares future lawyers to more confidently and thoughtfully practice the field of criminal law, whether they choose prosecutorial or defense roles, government agencies or non-government reform organizations. 

Concentration Advisor: Deborah Ramirez

Core Courses:

  • Advanced Criminal Procedure: Adjudications
  • Advanced Criminal Procedure: Investigation

Relevant Courses:

  • Wrongful Convictions and Post-Conviction Remedies
  • Criminal Defense Advocacy Externship
  • Criminal Trial Practice
  • Juvenile Courts: Delinquency, Abuse and Neglect
  • Prisoners’ Rights Clinic
  • Evidence
  • Balancing Liberty and Security
  • Federal Courts and the Federal System
  • Health Law Fraud and Abuse
  • Immigration Law
  • Social Welfare Law
  • Whistleblower Law


  • Twelve academic credits with two courses selected from a list of “core” courses; two from either the list of “core” courses or the list of “relevant” courses; and either a clinic, a paper or a coop in the field.
  • Students must submit a “Concentration Declaration Form” to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs no later than October 1st of their last year.
  • To finalize the concentration, students must submit a “Concentration Certification of Completion Form” to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs not later than the end of the second week of their final quarter.