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Prosecution and Defense Certificate

The Prosecution and Defense Certificate is designed to prepare students for careers in criminal prosecution or criminal defense.

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Students will engage in at least 27 credits of academic coursework as well as skills and experiential training, which includes extensive involvement by local practitioners.

Required Courses

Criminal Law (3 credits)
Prosecution & Defense (3 credits)
Evidence (4 credits)
Criminal Procedure - Investigation (3 credits)
Criminal Procedure - Adjudication (3 credits)

Required Skills Training

Trial Advocacy (3 credits)

Required Experiential Training

Prosecutor Internship (1-3 credits)
Criminal Defense Clinic (4-6 credits)


Advanced Criminal Defense Clinic – Trial (4 credits)
Advanced Polk County Prosecutor Internship (3 credits)
Advanced Prosecutor Internship (1 credit)
Criminal Motions Practicum (3 credits)
Domestic Violence (3 credits)
Federal Criminal Law (3 credits)
Federal Public Defender Internship (3 credits)
Global Issues in Criminal Law (1 credit)
Intoxicated Driving Law and Practice (2-3 credits)
Juvenile Delinquency Clinic (4-6 credits)
National Security Law (2-3 credits)
Psychiatry and the Law (2-3 credits)
Scientific and Expert Evidence (2 credits)
State Public Defender Internship (3 credits)
State Public Defender Appellate Internship (3 credits)
State Public Defender Wrongful Conviction Internship (2 credits)
U.S. Attorney's Office Internship (3 credits)
Wrongful Convictions Clinic (4-6 credits)
Wrongful Convictions Law and Policy (3 credits)

For more information, see Drake Law School's course descriptions.

Program Director:

Ellen Yee, Director of International Programs and Professor of Law
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