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Arizona Law’s Civil Rights Restoration Clinic’s Work Profiled

Posted: 03/09/2015


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2015 - 2016 Board of the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy Read more...

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Jessup International Law Moot Court Team Receives Honors at Regional Competition Read more...

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Congratulations to the Transactional LawMeet Team!

Posted: 03/02/2015


2015 - 2016 Board of the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law Elected Read more...

Posted: 02/09/2015


2015 - 2016 Board of Arizona Law Review Elected Read more...

Posted: 02/02/2015


2015 Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition Awards

Posted: 01/23/2015


Student Efforts in Superior Court Receive Arizona Supreme Court Award Read more...

Posted: 10/22/2014


Andy Hall (2L) a featured speaker at TEDxTucson May Salon Read more...

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Criminal Law

The Rogers College of Law offers an extensive criminal law program that includes a range of classroom and courtroom opportunities. Students particularly interested in the field or planning a career in criminal practice or policy—or a career in the political system--can earn a Certificate in Criminal Law and Policy by completing a prescribed set of courses, practice experiences, and an in-depth paper.  


Arizona Law approaches the teaching of criminal law and procedure in an innovative fashion.  Students take criminal procedure in the first year and criminal law as an upper level elective. 


The criminal procedure course deals with practical and theoretical issues that arise often in the modern practice of criminal law, providing a substantial advantage to students who seek out work in criminal law settings after their first year of law school.  Moreover, students who have a strong understanding of these practical issues are better able to understand the real world ramifications of the deeper theoretical issues that arise in the substantive criminal law course.  


The Arizona Law approach thus produces students who have a more relevant understanding of criminal and procedure and are better able to bring their education to bear on their work.


After the first year, course work ranges from basic introductory classes to specialized seminars in particular fields of practice. These classes are taught by legal scholars who are members of the full time faculty as well as distinguished practitioners.


We believe that great practicing lawyers must also be active members of the legal community, and that more policy leaders should come from those with legal training. Many classes include  writing opportunities. Students interested in advanced research and writing in the area of criminal law can arrange independent studies with members of the faculty.

The College also has a number of clinical programs. Through the Criminal Prosecution and Criminal Defense clinics, advanced students can participate in the prosecution or defense of criminal cases in Arizona courts under the supervision of both faculty members and prosecutors or public defenders. In addition, the school offers Child and Family and Immigration clinics, which frequently involve criminal issues.

Students also have to opportunity for externship placements with prosecution, defense or other criminal justice agencies, and for clerkships with state and federal judges.


Key Faculty

At the University:
Professor of Law and Director, Rogers Program in Law and Society Kathie Barnes

Clinical Professor & Co-Director, Child and Family Law Clinic Paul Bennett

Clinical Professor & Co-Director, Child and Family Law Clinic Zelda Harris

Assistant Dean and Associate Clinical Professor Dr. Willie Jordan-Curtis

Professor of Practice & Director, Immigration Law Clinic Lynn Marcus

Vice Dean and Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law Marc Miller


Joseph M. Livermore Professor & Director, Clinical Programs Andy Silverman



In the Bar:
Adjunct Assistant Professor Jennifer Bedier (Arizona Capital Representation Project)

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law John Evans (Arizona Attorney General’s Office)

Adjunct Assistant Professor Bruce Heurlin (Partner, Heurlin Sherlock Panahi)

Adjunct Assistant Professor Walter Nash (Partner, Nash & Kirchner)

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law Vince Rabago (Arizona Attorney General’s Office)

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law Heather Williams (Federal Public Defender’s Office)




Course Offerings

Arizona White Collar and Financial Crime

Capital Punishment

Criminal Procedure

Criminal Law

Correctional Theories and Policies [Michael P. Polakowski, Ph.D., School of Public Administration and Policy]

Criminal Investigation and Discovery

Government Security and the Response to Terrorism [Chris C. Demchak, Ph.D., School of Public Administration and Policy]

Legal Ethics for Criminal Lawyers


White Collar Crime [Neil Vance, D.P.A., School of Public Administration & Policy]

Clinics and Related Projects

Arizona Attorney General Clinic

Civil Rights Restoration Project

Criminal Defense

Criminal Prosecution

Child and Family Law Clinic

Immigration Law Clinic



Updated: 08/10/2012