Prior to graduation, students must take at least one course in each of the following areas:

Code requirement

Code Course

Skills/Experiential requirement

Skills/Experiential Course

Administrative requirement

Administrative Course

Writing requirement

Writing Course

Criminal Law and Litigation

Criminal law attorneys typically work as state or federal prosecutors, public defenders, private defense attorneys, and business counselors. Many sitting judges practiced criminal law before being elevated to the bench. Students interested in criminal law need to prepare by learning the doctrine and theory of criminal law and by developing critical trial advocacy skills.

Although not every case leads to a trial, litigators must have the skills (and confidence) to try a case before a judge or jury. Successful criminal law attorneys are excellent legal writers, researchers, and negotiators. A criminal law attorney should enjoy frequent conversations with clients, witnesses, and opposing counsel.

Stetson has consistently ranked as the best law school for trial advocacy in the United States, and students studying criminal law and litigation can choose from a large number of state-of-the-art and leading edge courses. A concentration program in advocacy is available through the Center for Excellence in Advocacy.


Core/Foundational Courses

Recommended Courses

Experiential Courses and Seminars



Full-Time Faculty Focusing on this Pathway



Professional Organizations

Student Organizations

  • Innocence Initiative at Stetson Law