Certificate in Criminal Practice

  • Section 1. An applicant for an NIU-COL Certificate in Criminal Practice must earn a minimum of fifteen (15) academic credits in the courses listed in sections 1.a. and 1.b. below and must complete at least one of the additional activities described in section 1.c. below. 
    • a. Required Basic Courses. Completion of the following courses is required for an NIU-COL Certificate in Criminal Practice: 
      • i. Criminal Procedure: Police Investigation; 
      • ii. Criminal Procedure: Adjudication; 
      • iii. Evidence; and 
      • iv. Trial Advocacy. 
    • b. Required Capstone Courses. Completion of one of the following capstone courses is required for an NIU-COL Certificate in Criminal Practice: 
      • i. Criminal Defense Clinic; 
      • ii. Criminal Law Externship; 
      • iii. Juvenile Court Externship; 
      • iv. Appellate Defender Externship; 
      • v. Judicial Externship, if primarily focused on criminal practice; or 
      • vi. Another externship or clinic primarily focused on criminal practice, as approved in advance for certificate eligibility by the supervising faculty member. 
    • c. Required Additional Skills Development Activities. An applicant for an NIU-COL Certificate in Criminal Practice must complete at least one of the following co-curricular or extra-curricular activities: 
      • i. Prize Moot Court Competition; 
      • ii. 2L Trial Advocacy Competition; 
      • iii. An external moot court, trial advocacy, client counseling, negotiation, or mediation competition listed in Schedule A
      • iv. Another equivalent internal or external student competition facilitating development of practice skills that is approved in advance for certificate eligibility and added to Schedule A by the supervising faculty member; or 
      • v. Criminal Law related Pro Bono Service approved by the supervising faculty member and sufficient to qualify for the College of Law Approved Pro Bono Service Recognition. 
      • For purposes of this requirement, completion of an activity requires (A) participation in the preliminary rounds of an internal or external student competition and, in the case of external competitions, participation in faculty-supervised practice sessions, or (B) qualification for College of Law Approved Pro Bono Service Recognition. 
  • Section 2. An applicant for an NIU-COL Certificate in Criminal Practice must also meet the GPA and other requirements set forth in the College of Law Guidelines for Certificate Programs.