Criminal Law Curriculum

Criminal Law is one of the most popular areas of practice—it is fast-paced, highly rewarding, sometimes lucrative, and always interesting. University of Richmond School of Law has a long tradition of producing top-notch prosecutors and defense attorneys, offering a variety of educational opportunities specific to the criminal law practice and offered by leading experts in the field.

Introductory Course

Criminal Law provides an introduction to the criminal law curriculum and is a required course in the spring first-year curriculum. Here students learn the core concepts of the criminal law and explore the theoretical justifications for the imposition of criminal punishment.

Upper-Level Electives

* satisfies Upper Level Writing Requirement

Upper-Level Writing Requirement

Students may satisfy their Upper Level Writing Requirement (ULWR) in any ULWR-designated course. Students also may satisfy the requirement by seeking out faculty in this area to supervise them on an independent study of a criminal law topic.

Clinical Opportunities

  • Children's Defense Clinic
  • Institute for Actual Innocence
  • Clinical Placement Program - Criminal and Judicial placements
    • Chesterfield Commonwealth’s Attorney's Office
    • Hanover Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office
    • Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney's Office
    • Richmond Adult Drug Treatment Court
    • Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney's Office
    • United States Attorney's Office
    • Office of the Capital Defender
    • Office of the Federal Public Defender
    • Richmond Public Defender’s Office
    • Supreme Court of Virginia
    • Court of Appeals of Virginia
    • Chesterfield Circuit Court
    • Henrico Circuit Court
    • Richmond Circuit Court
    • Chesterfield Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
    • Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
    • Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
    • United States District Court
    • United States Bankruptcy Court
    • United States Magistrate

Pro Bono Opportunities

Criminal Law Faculty

University of Richmond School of Law is fortunate to have a highly-distinguished criminal law faculty. 

Additionally, our practitioners who teach courses in this area include a federal district judge, a Virginia Supreme Court Justice, and a number of the Commonwealth’s most well-respected prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Co-Curricular Organizations and Opportunities