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Criminal Law Certificate

Criminal Law is an exciting and important area of law in every jurisdiction. Belmont's Criminal Law certificate program offers an array of courses including White Collar Criminal Law, Trial Advocacy, Sentencing Law, and Wrongful Convictions, and indicates to prospective employers that a student has specialized knowledge of the criminal law field. Students obtaining a Criminal Law certificate will receive a notation on their transcript.


Requirement One
Students must earn 3.0 cumulative GPA in:

  1. Criminal Law
  2. Criminal Constitutional Law 

  3. Evidence  

Requirement Two
Students must successfully complete:  

  1. Criminal Procedure  
  2. Trial Advocacy  
  3. Sentencing Law or Wrongful Convictions: Reasons and Remedies  

Requirement Three
Students must successfully complete at least eight additional credit hours of Criminal Law electives. Qualifying electives will be announced prior to registration each semester.  

Requirement Four
Students must complete an upper-level rigorous writing requirement on a criminal law topic in connection with one of the courses listed in requirement two or requirement three. Students may also fulfill Requirement Four in one of the following ways, but the topic of the writing must be approved in advance by the Director of Criminal Justice Studies:

  1. Writing a Note on a criminal law topic for a Belmont University College of Law approved journal or law review.

  2. Completing the Rigorous Writing Requirement through another course, not listed above, including through the Advanced Legal Writing course.


Contact the Director of Criminal Justice Studies