Careers in Criminal Law

At W&L Law, we draw a direct line between the foundations of law, its practice and its impact in the real world. In your first years, you will be exposed to the basics of criminal law and procedure, taught by passionate and dynamic instructors routinely ranked among the nation's best professors. You will continue your study of the justice system with exposure to advanced topics like collateral sentencing or the new frontier of digital innocence, where the government's massive data hauls from surveillance are used to help the accused.

You will cap off your experience with hands-on experience in one of our criminal law-focused clinics or with an externship with a prosecutor, a public defender or a federal or state judge. Or maybe you will work on policy matters and pro bono cases with the W&L chapter of the Innocence Project. These experiences together will lead to great career opportunities in criminal practice, as it did for the students featured below.

Ember Eyster '15L

Ember Eyster '15L, from Bonita Springs, FL, is a graduate of the University of Florida. She is a student attorney in the Criminal Justice Clinic. After graduation, she will join the Metropolitan Public Defender's Office in Nashville.

Anjelica Hendricks '15L

Anjelica Hendricks '15L, from Richmond, VA,is a graduate of James Madison University. She is a student attorney in the Criminal Justice Clinic. Following graduation, she will work for the Defender Association of Philadelphia.

Brandon Hicks '15L

Brandon Hicks '15L, from Charlotte, NC, is a graduate of North Carolina Central University. He is a student attorney in the Immigrant Rights Clinic. Following graduation, he will join the Miami Public Defender's office.

Imani Hutty '15L

Imani Hutty '15L, from Philadelphia, PA, is a graduate of Temple University. He was a member of the Black Law Students Association Mock Trial team that won a national championship at the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial competition. Following graduation, he will work for the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

Laura Iheanachor '15L

Laura Iheanachor '15L, from Wake Forest, NC, is a graduate of East Carolina University. She is a member of the Black Law Student's Association Mock Trial team. Following graduation, she will work for the Kings County District Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, New York.