Educating the Next Generation of Criminal Justice Practitioners


WCL provides Pathways for students which contain guidance for students exploring course planning options. You can accedd the Criminal Law Pathway here.

The breadth of criminal law courses in the curriculum is wide. In addition to the basics in criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence, students have the opportunity to take a wide range of practical skills courses as well as seminars that allow them to write research papers and engage in an in-depth exploration of specific topics in criminal law.


Advanced criminal law classes include:

  • Advanced Issues in Criminal Law
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy: Homicide Prosecution
  • Appellate Courts and Advocacy
  • Anti-Corruption Law
  • Criminal Justice Clinic: Defense
  • Criminal Justice Clinic: Prosecution
  • Criminal Procedure II
  • Criminal Trial Advocacy
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Domestic Violence Clinic
  • Domestic Violence Law
  • eDiscovery: Litigating in the Digital Age
  • Ethics for Trial Lawyers
  • Evidentary Foundations & Objections
  • Expert Testimony & Scientific Evidence
  • Immigration: Advanced Enforcement Issues
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Human Trafficking
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Mental Disability Law
  • National Security Law: Detention, Treatment, Trial
  • Plea Bargaining
  • Political Crime and Terrorism
  • Post-Conviction Remedies
  • Public Defender Externship: District of Columbia
  • Public Defender Externship: Alexandria, VA
  • Sentencing, Sanctions, and Corrections
  • Transnational Crime & the State
  • Trial Advocacy: Criminal Defense Seminar (DCPDS)
  • Trial Advoacy: Litigation in High Tech Courtroom
  • White Collar Crime
  • Wrongful Conviction

International Criminal Law Collaboration

The Institute also provides a perfect forum for collaboration with AUWCL colleagues and programs in international criminal law. Select international criminal law courses include Human Rights and Comparative Criminal Procedure, International Criminal Law, National Security Law, and War Crimes.

War Crimes Research Office

The War Crimes Research Office (WCRO), founded in 1995, promotes the development and enforcement of international criminal and humanitarian law, primarily through the provision of specialized legal research assistance to international and internationalized criminal courts and tribunals. In doing so, the WCRO provides JD and LL.M. students the opportunity to undertake legal research and writing on cuttingedge issues in these areas of the law.

The WCRO also coordinates the Summer Law Program in the Hague where students can take classes and explore a wide range of issues in international criminal law and justice. The WCRO is directed by Susana SaCouto.