Admission and Program Requirements
Your first steps
- Become a Bear: Apply to Missouri State.
- Contact the Academic Advising and Transfer Center to declare a certificate in 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)
- CRM 260(3), 365(3), 435(3).
- Six hours from: CRM 316(3), 376(3), 396(3), 397(3), 425(3); PSY 557(3).
- All candidates must satisfy the General University Certificate Requirements.
Attain a GPA of 2.50 or higher in courses used to fulfill the certificate requirements.