Criminal Law Course Planning

Knowledge Base

Knowledge Fundamentals

For this pathway, from the Fundamentals List, be sure to take:

Pathway Knowledge Foundations

Plan to take:

Specialized Courses

Take some of these courses, according to your interests:

Criminal Law

Courts and Procedure



Professional Skills

Skills Fundamentals

Don’t overlook the skills fundamentals recommended for all lawyers:

Pathway Skills

Trial Advocacy

Research and Writing

Law Office Management

Real Life Lawyering


Individual Case Clinics

Clinics in Substantive Areas Relevant to Criminal Practice

Policy or Multi-forum Advocacy Focused Clinics


Extern with an approved criminal justice organization or government agency in the Pacific Northwest, the U.S., or around the world, such as:

  • Alaska Public Defender Agency-Criminal Division
  • King County Department of Public Defense
  • King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
  • Federal Public Defender, W. District of Washington-Seattle or –Tacoma
  • Multnomah County District Attorney-Misdemeanor Trial Unit
  • New York District Attorney's Office
  • Attorney General of Washington – UW Intellectual Property Division

Or develop a new placement with the Externship Director.

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