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Criminal Law

Criminal law is the study of the essential principles relating to substantive crimes and defenses.

UMass Law students are extremely fortunate to be able to engage in the real-world practice of criminal law through the law school's Criminal Prosecution Clinic, housed directly in the Bristol County District Attorney's Office.

Under the direction of Bristol County's First Assistant District Attorney, clinic students:

  • manage arraignments and bail hearings
  • interview witnesses
  • handle plea negotiations
  • write and argue pre-trial motions
  • engage in trial preparation
  • learn litigation strategy
  • gain real-world courtroom experience

Several UMass Law full-time and adjunct faculty members are current or former district attorneys or public defenders.

Examples of courses in this area include: appellate advocacy, criminal law, criminal procedure, criminal motions practice, evidence, mock trial, and trial practice. 

  • Apellate Advocacy
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Motions Practice
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Death Penalty Seminar
  • Domestic Violence Law
  • Evidence
  • Mock Trial
  • Trial Practice
  • Criminal Prosecution Clinic
  • Field Placement

Adjunct Faculty

  • Hon. Serge Georges
  • State Rep. Christopher Markey
  • William McCauley
  • Russell Murphy
  • Hon. Alexander Sands

See full adjunct faculty listing

  • District Attorneys’ Offices throughout MA
  • Committee for Public Counsel Services
  • MA Superior Court
  • Assistant District Attorneys, Massachusetts (numerous counties)
  • Assistant Attorney General, State of Florida
  • Assistant Attorney General, State of North Carolina
  • Assistant Attorney General, State of Rhode Island
  • Staff Counsel, Committee for Public Counsel Services, Criminal Division
  • Public Defender, State of New Mexico
  • Public Defender, State of Rhode Island
  • MA Bar Advocate, Bristol County
  • Assistant Clerk Magistrate, Criminal and Civil Division, MA Superior Court
  • Private law firms specializing in criminal defense

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