Criminal law is a body of law that is applied to individuals who are accused of committing a crime, or are otherwise involved in the criminal justice system.
Criminal lawyers encompass private criminal defense attorneys and public defenders as well as state, local, and federal prosecutors. Defense attorneys defend individuals, organizations and entities that have been charged with a crime. Prosecutors work with law enforcement officials to investigate, charge, and as needed try cases on behalf of the state. Criminal lawyers handle a diverse spectrum of criminal cases, ranging from domestic violence crimes, sex crimes, violent crimes and drug crimes to driving under the influence (DUI), theft, embezzlement and fraud.
What to do if you are interested in Criminal Law?
Georgetown Law Courses
Advanced Criminal Procedure
National Security Crisis Law
Georgetown Law Clinics
Appellate Litigation Clinic
Domestic Violence Clinic
Juvenile Justice Clinic
Criminal Justice Clinic
Criminal Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic
Helpful Criminal Law Resources
- Criminal Hypotheticals is an article explaining the type of hypothetical questions that typically arise in criminal law interviews, and how best to prepare for them.
- PSJD Careers in Criminal Prosecution features many resources about prosecutorial careers, including Harvard’s Fast Track to a U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Yale Criminal Prosecution Guide.
- PSJD Careers in Public Defense features extensive resources about public defense work, including NYU’s Public Defender Career Handbook and the Harvard Careers in Indigent Defense Guide.
Public Defense/Death Penalty:
- The Berkeley Law Capital Defense Internships and Jobs database includes internship and job opportunities for law students and recent graduates in offices around the country that are engaged in the defense of death row inmates or capitally-charged defendants.
- The National Legal Aid and Defender Association Job Board includes positions in civil legal services, defender organizations, pro bono and public interest organizations, public interest law firms and academia.
- List of State/Local Prosecutorial Offices includes web links by region and state
- OPICS Guide to Prosecutors Office Employment Opportunities
- The National Association of Attorneys Generals site has information about careers in state-level prosecution and links to all U.S. AG offices.
- National District Attorney’s Association contains video in which a variety of prosecutors talk about cases they have worked on.