Criminal Law Certificate Program

Criminal Law is an exciting and important area of law in every jurisdiction.  Students can take advantage of the resources and opportunities available at Belmont College of Law in this vital area through the College of Law’s Criminal Law certificate program. The program offers an array of courses including Trial Advocacy, Sentencing Law, 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:

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Constitutional Law
  • Evidence

Requirement Two – Students must complete:

  • Criminal Procedure
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Sentencing Law or Wrongful Convictions:  Reasons and Remedies

Requirement Three –  Students must successfully complete at least eight credit-hours of Criminal Law electives. Courses qualifying as Criminal Law 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, or a note on a criminal law topic written for a Belmont University College of Law approved journal.  Students may alternatively complete the writing requirement through another course, not listed above, if the topic is approved in advance by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.