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The Criminal Law Department teaches core courses and advanced criminal law electives to mid-career judge advocates who are pursuing an LL.M. in Military Law.  The department also offers an LL.M. in Military Law with a Criminal Law sub-specialty to those who satisfy department criteria based on credit hours awarded and graded achievement within the department.

The department provides criminal law instruction required for the certification of military judges, trial counsel (prosecutors), defense counsel, special victim counsel (attorneys who represent victims of sexual offenses), and  new judge advocates.  Additionally, the department provides criminal law and leadership short-course instruction to military justice managers, Reserve Component judge advocates, and  non-legal officers and noncommissioned officers in command and leadership positions.  The department also provides support to non-resident off-site instruction.

The department provides instruction in diverse subjects such as evidence, crimes and defenses, self-incrimination, sixth amendment, discovery, jurisdiction, mental responsibility, pretrial procedure, pretrial restraint and speedy trial, search and seizure, capital litigation, pleas and pretrial agreements, sentencing, unlawful command influence, professional responsibility, and post-trial procedures and appeals.  All criminal law professors have extensive criminal law backgrounds and have served in diverse criminal law assignments world-wide.

The short-courses listed below are offered to uniformed personnel by invitation only.  Those interested in attending a short-course should contact the department administrator within the TJAGLCS directory.

COURSES COURSES

4.5 Days. Offered Once Annually. Next Offering: August 2019.

Scope: This course addresses leadership topics relevant to managers of military justice at the GCMCA level.  This course will address best practices in trial counsel and personnel management, office management systems, reporting, Military Justice On-line (MJO); pretrial case evaluation; Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program; discovery and production management, pretrial negotiations; and proper post-trial processing.

Prerequisites: Attendance at this course is by INVITATION ONLY.  Priority of enrollment is to judge advocates, paralegals, and legal administrators who manage justice at the GCMCA level.  Subject to quota limitations, this course is open to all services. 

Click the student services link to the right for class schedules and information on attending the course.

3 Weeks. Offered Once Annually. Next Offering: April 2019.

Scope: Provides military attorneys with advanced schooling required to qualify as full-time military judges at courts-martial.  Topics covered include the following: substantive military criminal law; trial procedures; defenses; instructions; evidence; current military judicial issues; and professional responsibility. 

Prerequisites: This course is limited to Judge Advocates who are military judges or about to begin assignments as military judges.  Army officers are selected for attendance by the Chief Trial Judge, U.S. Army Judiciary. Students from other services are nominated by the Chiefs of their respective service judiciaries.  Attendance at this course is by INVITATION ONLY. 

Click the student services link to the right for class schedules and information on attending the course.

2 Weeks. Offered Twice Annually. Next Offering: January 2019.

Scope: The ITAC is an intensive two-week course designed to provide judge advocates with the courtroom skills necessary to be lead counsel in a contested general court-martial. The course offers a mix of classroom instruction, discussion groups, and workshops. Each student observes and conducts case analysis and preparation, witness interviews, voir dire, expert and lay witness preparation and examination, and admission of evidence in a mock trial setting. The witnesses examined during ITAC include toxicologists, medical doctors, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs), and Digital Forensics Examiners (DFEs), all of whom are actual practitioners practicing in their respective fields of expertise. These expert witnesses are present for interviews, examination, and cross-examination.  This course offers intensive trial skills instruction and practical exercises from case analysis through closing argument on the merits, with specific instruction on trial procedure from investigation through courts martial; successful trial advocacy strategies; professional responsibility; and topical aspects of current military law, with particular emphasis on the military rules of evidence.

Prerequisites: This course is offered twice per year and is limited to Judge Advocates.  While any judge advocate may apply to attend ITAC, priority for registration goes first to those currently (or soon to be) serving in trial, defense, or special victim counsel billets, and who have less than 6 months' experience in those billets. Applications by those serving in other billets are accepted, but may be wait-listed pending the close of registration and consideration of TC, DC, and SVC applications. Completion of the New Prosecutor Course or Defense Counsel 101 Course, offered by the Trial Counsel and Defense Counsel Assistance Programs, is strongly recommended prior to attending.  Attendance at this course is by INVITATION ONLY.  Self-registration is not authorized.

Click the student services link to the right for class schedules and information on attending the course.

4.5 Days. Offered Twice Annually. Next Offering: February 2019.

Scope: This course prepares judge advocates to effectively serve as Special Victim’s Counsel (SVC) when appointed. Completion of the course is a prerequisite to performing SVC duties. Core instruction provides a program and policy overview before focusing on the roles, relationships, and professional responsibilities of SVCs throughout sexual assault cases, to include post-trial matters.  Special emphasis is placed upon substantive military law directly related to Special Victim crimes as well as instruction on victim behavior, services, and medical issues.  Guest lecturers discuss victim sensitive interviewing and counseling techniques while judge advocates who have served in both TC and DC capacities, SVP’s and experienced SVC’s offer practical insight into the SVC Program (SVCP).  Participation in practical scenario-driven exercises is a substantial portion of the course.

Prerequisites: This course is limited to Judge Advocates selected to become SVCs.  Pursuant to TJAG Sends (dated 1 Nov 13), if at all practicable, selected SVCs should have trial experience.  Attendance is authorized, if seats are available, for paralegals serving in military justice or legal assistance positions in support of SVCs.  Security clearance is NOT required.  Attendance at this course is by INVITATION ONLY.

Click the student services link to the right for class schedules and information on attending the course.

3.5 Days. Offered Once Annually. Next Offering: July 2019.

Scope: This course builds upon the Special Victim Counsel (SVC) Certification Course introducing issues and dynamics inherent in the representation of child victim clients.  Completion of the course is a prerequisite to SVC representation of child victims.  Core instruction is taught via a multitude of experts in the field of child psychology, child development and child forensic interviews.  Additional instruction on utilization of Family Advocacy Programs and Guardians Ad Litem will be provided.  There will be panel discussions with veteran SVCs who have represented children and can provide best practices from the field.  A practical rapport building exercise will allow attendees an opportunity to utilize skills taught throughout the course.

Prerequisites:  Attendance at this course is by INVITATION ONLY.  Judge Advocates must have completed the SVC Certification Course prior to applying for this course.  Attendees should also have experience as an SVC with adult clients prior to attending this course.  Paralegals serving in military justice or legal assistance positions in support of SVCs may also be considered for attendance.  

Click the student services link to the right for class schedules and information on attending the course.
 

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