Criminal Justice Center

Cleveland State University College of Law provides criminal law students the tools needed for a successful career in criminal law. CSU|LAW has professors with in-depth knowledge of specific fields, as well as a host of currently practicing attorneys who maintain thriving practices and teach courses in their areas of expertise. 

The Criminal Justice Center tailors each student's educational experience to match individual Interests with a set foundational courses as well as a number of specialized electives. 

Students build their professional networks through CSU|LAW’s extensive number of alumni criminal law practitioners and judges in the greater Cleveland area. These alumni serve as resources for students, and are among those who provide supervision for a wide array of experiential learning opportunities.

Recent externships include:

  • Ohio Court of Appeals, 8th District
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • City of Cleveland Prosecutor’s Office Ohio Attorney General
  • Federal Public Defender Office,
  • Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Recent Pop-Up Practicums include:

Criminal Justice Courses include:


Student Organizations include:

  • Criminal Law Society
  • Trial Advocacy Team
  • Moot Court Competition
  • The National Association for Public Defence, CSU|LAW Chapter


The Center features a dynamic set of faculty members who offer unique perspectives and areas of expertise within the field of criminal justice. 

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