Criminal Law Certificate Program (Delaware)
Director: Professor Jules Epstein

The Widener Criminal Law Certificate provides students the opportunity to concentrate on, and graduate with, a certificate proving excellence in criminal law. Coupled with the Taishoff Advocacy, Technology, and Public Service Institute, the Criminal Law Certificate reflects the culmination of studies in criminal law, criminal procedure, and trial and/or appellate advocacy.

Admission Requirement
Students must submit an application to the Registrar’s Office by no later than the drop/add period of their final semester. To be awarded a Criminal Law Certificate, a student must have an overall cumulative average of 2.8 and a 2.8 cumulative average in all concentration courses.

Required Courses
To be rewarded a Criminal Law Certificate, students must take the following courses:
  • Criminal Procedure I
  • Criminal Procedure II
  • Evidence
  • Advanced Trial Methods (Criminal) or Seminar: Advanced Problems in Criminal Law
  • Criminal Defense Clinic or criminal law externship approved by faculty responsible for certificate program. (A student who cannot be accommodated in the clinic or in an externship may substitute another course with the consent of the faculty responsible for the certificate program.)

Elective Courses
Students must take six (6) credits from the following:
  • Capital Punishment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Federal Criminal Practice
  • International Criminal Law (or similar Summer Institute courses)
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Pre-Trial Methods (Criminal)
  • Seminar: Forensic Evidence
  • Seminar: Post Conviction Remedies
  • Seminar: Violence Against Women
  • White Collar Crime
Writing Requirement
All students seeking a Criminal Law Certificate must prepare a scholarly research paper approved by the Director on a subject related to criminal law and policy in one of the following:
Contact Information
Director: Professor Jules Epstein
Phone: 302-477-2031
Email: jepstein@widener.edu