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Master of Jurisprudence –
Criminal Justice Concentration

The Criminal Justice Concentration is just one of your options. See the main Master of Jurisprudence page for details about the overall program and other available options.

M.Jur. Criminal Justice Concentration

The St. Mary’s M.Jur. in Criminal Justice provides a curriculum that builds a deep of understanding of criminal law that goes far beyond law enforcement academy or lower-level college courses in criminal law and procedure.

It prepares graduates to deal with the broad range and depth of legal issues that increasingly confront criminal justice, law enforcement and corrections professionals at all levels.

During Law School, John Hunter clerked for the firm of Goldstein, Goldstein and Hilley and in 2016, after 4 years as a sole practitioner, he became the senior associate at the firm. In 2019, he co-founded the law firm of Hunter, Lane & Jampala PLLC, where his focus remains on criminal trial litigation, criminal appeals and post-conviction writs of habeas corpus. His cases have included capital murder, bribery, money laundering, sexual assault, federal drug conspiracies, state and federal writs of habeas corpus, and criminal appellate matters.

Required Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
Fundamentals of the American Legal System (only offered online) 2
Legal Research and Writing (only offered online) 2
Criminal Law (offered online) 3
Second First-year Course (or Property or Contracts, offered online) 4


Additional Concentration Electives

Course Name Credit Hours
Constitutional Criminal
Procedure * (offered online)
Texas Criminal Procedure * 3
Advanced Criminal Procedure 2
Capital Punishment 2
Civil Rights 2
Evidence 4
Federal Criminal Law 2
Federal Criminal Procedure 2
Immigration Law 2
Law and Mental Health 2
Seminar on Self-Defense Law 2

Courses marked with an * are required electives. Two additional courses from the list must be chosen.

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