J.D. Certificate Program in Criminal Litigation

Chicago-Kent's Program in Criminal Litigation is designed to give students a comprehensive and balanced professional education to prepare them adequately for the practice of criminal law. The program will help students who earn the certificate to compete successfully for one of the limited number of defender or prosecutor jobs that are available in the Chicago area. In addition, the certificate program represents an opportunity to synthesize the goals of Chicago-Kent's academic program in criminal law with those of Trial Advocacy and the Law Offices.

Alumni of the Program in Criminal Litigation currently work in a variety of litigation positions ranging from the states' attorneys' and public defenders' offices of Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will counties to the Federal Defender to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Applications normally become available in the spring (mid-March) but if you are a 2L or 3L and have already taken some of the required courses, you can still apply for the certificate program.  The application is below and should be emailed to Tracy Kish, tkish@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Curriculum and Requirements

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