Students at Columbia Law School have the opportunity to engage in the study and practice of criminal law through courses, clinics, and externships. The criminal law curriculum reflects the expertise of the faculty, who serve as leading scholars in their fields.
Courses cover the wide range of law and crime with classes that include policing, sentencing, genocide, white collar crime, and the death penalty. Students can also participate in clinics and externships for credit where they learn the law in seminars and by serving clients on actual cases.
Below is a sample of the Law School's criminal law curriculum. View a current listing of criminal law curricular offerings for this academic year.
Advanced Criminal Law: The Death Penalty
International Criminal Law
Drug Law and Policy
Federal Criminal Law
Jurisprudence of War
Advanced Trial Practice
Black Letter Law / White Collar Crime
Civil Liberties and the Response to Terrorism
Interplay of Civil and Criminal Law
Law and Psychology: How Criminal Verdicts Go Wrong
National Security Investigations and Prosecutions
Policing the Police
Science and the Courts
Social and Legal Regulation of Firearms
Topics in Criminal Prosecution and Defense
Tortures and Confessions: From the Inquisition to Guantanamo
U.S. Civil and Criminal Enforcement of International Cartels
The Law of Genocide
Human Rights Clinic
Incarceration and the Family Clinic
Challenging the Consequences of Mass Incarceration
Externship: Bronx Defenders on Holistic Defense
Externship: Community Defense
Externship: Constitutional Rights Enforcement in Capital, Habeas, and Prison Cases
Externship: Criminal Appeals
Externship: Domestic Violence Prosecution
Externship: U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District Court of N.Y.
Externship: US Attorney's Office EDNY