Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 31, No. 1-2 (1981), pp. 164-182


The purpose of this study is to examine the structure of the criminal justice curriculum in the American law school. This entails an analysis of what courses are being offered, how many hours of classroom instruction (both required and elective) are available, and when during the educational process the student is exposed to criminal law courses. The reason for undertaking the study is to provide at least a gross picture of what the present situation is as a guide to what we as a profession or as individual schools might like to do by way of improving the structure. Hopefully, it may serve as a catalogue of what is going on so that suggestions for improvement can be made at individual schools. Perhaps it may give fodder to those "criminal law departments" seeking to convince their colleagues that more of their school's total curriculum ought to be (and at other schools is being) devoted to criminal justice. Additionally, as we identify schools which seem to have unique ways of handling the criminal justice curriculum we may all benefit from the reasoning behind those particular plans.

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Criminal Law Commons