The College of the Law has long been a launching point for careers in criminal justice. Graduates of the College serve in prominent roles as local, state, and federal prosecutors, as defense attorneys, and as judges throughout the country.
Toledo Law offers extensive experiential learning opportunities in criminal law. The new Criminal Appeals Clinic gives students real-world experience representing convicted defendants challenging their convictions and sentences. Courses like the Sentencing Workshop and Advanced Criminal Law Practicum use simulation exercises to build advanced legal skills in this area. Through the College’s Criminal Law Practice program, students work as externs at prosecutor and public defender offices during the school year and in the summer.
For more information on the College’s robust criminal law offerings, see the Criminal Law Career Compass.
Our Criminal Law Faculty
- Professor Jelani Jefferson Exum is a leading scholar on sentencing law. She serves on the editorial board of the Federal Sentencing Reporter. In 2015 she coordinated a Federal Sentencing Workshop sponsored by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and held at the College of Law, and in 2013 she was an expert witness in federal court in a child pornography sentencing proceeding.
- Professor Gregory Gilchrist is a rising criminal law scholar, whose practice experience includes time as a Federal Public Defender.
- Professor and Dean Emeritus Daniel Steinbock worked as a public defender for the Legal Aid Society in the criminal courts of New York and, prior to his administrative service at the College of Law, taught and wrote extensively in the area of criminal procedure.
An Opportunity to Specialize
Two formal programs provide additional opportunities for students interested in criminal law. The College of Law offers a Certificate of Concentration in Criminal Law and a joint J.D./M.A. degree in Criminal Justice with the College of Health and Human Services. In addition, Toledo Law students regularly compete in Criminal Law Moot Court Competitions.
David Beller '04
Shareholder, Recht Kornfeld PC