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: Professor Deborah Ramirez

Core Courses:

  • Advanced Criminal Procedure: Adjudications

  • Advanced Criminal Procedure: Investigation

Relevant Courses:

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


  • 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. 

Please note that concentrations are available only to those students who entered in the fall 2020 term or prior.  
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