J.D. Certificate Program in Criminal Litigation

Chicago-Kent's Certificate 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.

How to Apply

Below you will find a link to submit your application for this program as well as a memo outlining the program curriculum.  To apply for the program, you will need to prepare a personal statement.  You will be asked to upload this document in the application form link below. 

Please prepare and submit a personal statement limited to two typewritten, double-spaced, 8 x 11 pages.  Your personal statement may include information regarding the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to be admitted to the Program?
  2. What are your career goals?
  3. How will the program help you achieve those goals?

Curriculum and Requirements

(To open the file so you can fill in the fields, open the above link and select "open with a different viewer" and choose Adobe Acrobat)

If you have any questions, please email Tracy Kish (tkish@kentlaw.iit.edu).