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Georgetown Law students have the opportunity to study every aspect of the American criminal justice system. That study begins with courses in Criminal Procedure, which is part of the first-year curriculum of most students, and Criminal Law. Students planning a career in criminal law can then concentrate on specialized courses such as Federal White Collar Crime, International Criminal Law, and seminars in areas like Capital Punishment, Computer Crime, Gender and Criminal Law, and Race. Student-run journals at Georgetown Law include the American Criminal Law Review, the nation's premier journal of criminal law, and the Georgetown Law Journal’s Annual Review of Criminal Procedure, the "must-have" reference guide for criminal law practitioners.

Georgetown Law scholars are at the forefront of a range of contemporary issues in criminal law, such as race and criminal justice, drug policy, crime in the digital age, the prosecutions of corporations, the special challenges of the juvenile justice system, and prisons. Our faculty’s criminal law scholarship is regularly published in leading scholarly journals, and mainstream media consistently seek their expert commentary on criminal justice topics.

Many clinical programs enable students to tackle real-world criminal law issues such as domestic violence, juvenile justice, and prisoner advocacy. Students in the Appellate Litigation Clinic regularly brief and argue cases before federal courts of appeals, and have participated in litigation before the Supreme Court. Students in the Domestic Violence Clinic represent victims of intimate abuse in civil protection order cases. Georgetown Law’s Juvenile Justice Clinic gives students the opportunity to represent youth charged with delinquency in DC, and provides resources and support for juvenile defenders practicing locally and nationally. In both the Criminal Justice Clinic and the Criminal Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic students represent defendants in misdemeanor cases in the District of Columbia Superior Court and prisoners in parole revocation proceedings before the U.S. Parole Commission. At the Community Justice Project, students work with organizations to advocate for clients of limited means on issues such as the overuse of exclusionary disciplinary policies in DC schools and the effects of disciplinary policies and practices in DC jails on mentally-ill inmates.

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Faculty:

Diana Donahoe Profile
Diana Donahoe
Kristin Henning Profile
Kristin Henning
Wallace Mlyniec Profile
Wallace Mlyniec
Paul Rothstein Profile
Paul Rothstein
Louis Seidman Profile
Louis Seidman
Silas Wasserstrom Profile
Silas Wasserstrom
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Curriculum

Advanced Criminal Procedure and Litigation

Criminal Procedure

Defending and Prosecuting Corporations and Their Officers and Employees in Complex Criminal Cases

Federal White Collar Crime

Sentencing Law and Policy
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Scholarship

  • Allegra M. McLeod, Review Essay, Beyond the Carceral State, 95 Tex. L. Rev. 651-706 (2017).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Paul F. Rothstein & Susan W. Crump, Federal Testimonial Privileges: Evidentiary Privileges Relating to Witnesses and Documents in Federal Law Cases (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West 2d ed. 2003-2017) (publishing annual editions).    [BOOK]
  • Paul F. Rothstein, Federal Rules of Evidence (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West 3d ed. 2000-2017) (publishing annual editions).    [BOOK]
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Faculty in the News

"Domestic violence is a tragedy. It's not a predictor of mass murder," by NBC 5 On Your Side, November 15, 2017, with an opinion piece quoting Professor Deborah Epstein.

"More Than 200 People Were Arrested On Trump’s Inauguration Day. The First Trial Starts Today," by BuzzFeed News, November 15, 2017, featuring Professor Abbe Smith, Director of the Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic.

Professor Paul Butler appeared in a commentary for MSNBC/The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, November 14, 2017. 

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