Lawyers play a leading role in defining criminal justice. They prosecute cases, defend the accused, represent victims' rights, and pursue appeals. Students who plan to be prosecuting attorneys or public and private defense attorneys should consider focusing their studies on criminal law. Courses provide a solid foundation in criminal procedure, evidence, and trial advocacy.
Students with an interest in criminal law should also consider participating in the Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute, a selective program that offers students the opportunity to hone their trial preparation and courtroom skills under the instruction of judges and trial attorneys.
The Plea and Sentencing Clinic (operated in collaboration with the State Appellate Defender Office) also provides experience in preparing, investigating, and presenting an appellate case.
Associate Professor of Law
Professor O’Brien’s work (with Professor Catherine Grosso) on the North Carolina Racial Justice Act Studies has been cited in claims by more than 150 death row inmates seeking to prove that racial bias was involved in their charging or sentencing. She teaches Criminal Law to 1L students.
|Advanced Criminal Procedure||2, 3|
|Client Counseling and Interviewing||2|
|Criminal Procedure II||3|
|Criminal Trial Advocacy I, II and III||2, 2, 2|
|International Criminal Law||2|
|Law Practice Management||2|
|Trial Practice Institute - Trial I and II||3, 3|
|Trial Practice Institute - Forensic Science||2|