Criminal Courts Undergraduate Certificate

Boost your knowledge of the court systems

Do your career goals involve the courtroom? This certificate is a must-have.

Explore the court processes and structures found in the U.S. and Missouri.

Preview the court setting

Careers and outcomes

Learn the rules of trials and how to create a cohesive strategy.

This certificate is designed for criminal justice careers like:

  • Bailiff
  • Case administrator
  • Court administrator
  • Court clerk
  • Court reporter
  • Docket clerk
  • Judge
  • Legal assistant
  • Paralegal
  • Prosecutor
  • Public defender
  • Victim advocate

Criminal Courts

The certificate is designed for students interested in pursuing criminal justice careers that involve the court system, such as court reporters, docket clerks, court clerks, legal assistants, paralegals, prosecutors, public defenders, judges, bailiffs, case administrators, victim advocates, and court administrators. The curriculum provides an in-depth look into the basic principles, processes, personnel, and structures found in courts in the United States and Missouri. Students will also examine the U.S. Supreme Court and its landmark decisions related to courts, such as right to counsel, right to a speedy trial, and right to confront witnesses in court. Students will also critically examine the laws and rules of evidence used at trial, particularly the Federal Rules of Evidence, and learn how to create a cohesive trial strategy in court.

Program requirements (15 hours)

  1. CRM 260(3), 365(3), 435(3).
  2. Six hours from: CRM 316(3), 376(3), 396(3), 397(3), 425(3); PSY 557(3).
  3. All candidates must satisfy the General University Certificate Requirements.

Completion requirement

Attain a GPA of 2.50 or higher in courses used to fulfill the certificate requirements.

Choose your certificate

  1. Become a Bear: Apply to Missouri State (if you're not already a current student).
  2. Contact the Academic Advising and Transfer Center to declare a certificate in criminal courts.