An effective criminal justice system is a fundamental component of a just and prosperous civilization. Our nation has an elaborate system of laws and procedures designed to protect the accused, punish offenders, and preserve the peace. Not surprisingly, a large number of UF College of Law graduates go on to careers in criminal law in both the public and private sectors. One of the primary goals of our Criminal Justice Center is to enhance the law school experience of these students by providing them with academic advising, mentorship, area-specific education, and detailed criminal-practice training. In particular, the Center’s Criminal Justice Certificate Program provides students who are interested in criminal law — either as an area of academic study or as one of future practice, or both — with a unique opportunity to obtain and demonstrate special competency in the field. The program offers a rich and coordinated curriculum, clinical programs, independent studies, summer externships, networking opportunities, and the chance to participate in the Criminal Law Association.
Certificate students must complete a minimum of 30 credits devoted to criminal law, procedure, justice and related courses. In addition, students must achieve an overall 3.25 average in the courses that are counted toward the certificate. A student who takes more than 30 credits from within the curriculum will satisfy this requirement if he or she maintains a 3.25 average for 30 of these credits. A qualifying student must achieve no less than a “B-” in any course that is counted toward the certificate.
Students must successfully complete one Criminal Clinic or Externship:
For more information contact:
Room 100 Bruton-Geer Hall, PO Box 117626
Gainesville, Florida 32611-7626
Phone: (352) 273-0802 Fax: (352) 846-1027
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