Online Criminal Sentencing & Sentencing Advocacy Graduate Certificate

The criminal sentencing and sentencing advocacy graduate certificate provides you with the skills and credentials necessary to enter or advance your career within criminal defense and the administration of justice as an officer of the court as a probation officer.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 01/11/2021


Total classes: 5

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 15

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Earn your certificate in criminal sentencing advocacy

Sentencing advocacy is an area within criminal defense that focuses on promoting rehabilitative, restorative and client-centered outcomes. Sentencing advocates serve as an ally for their clients. They create sentencing plans for criminal defendants based on their case and social history. They communicate with attorneys, act as a liaison between office and government social services, and may advocate for rehabilitation as opposed to imprisonment.

What will you learn about criminal sentencing in this graduate certificate?

 

Learners hoping to gain specialized skills in criminal sentencing will benefit from this program by developing a deep understanding of the following critical areas:

  • Best practices for writing reports and assessing offenders.
  • Court processes.
  • Ethical standards governing the performance of investigations.
  • Methods of investigating cases.
  • Principles of justice.
  • Sentencing schemes.

Who is the criminal sentencing and advocacy certificate for?

 

This criminal sentencing certificate is ideal for students interested in criminal defense and course services positions. This includes criminal justice jobs like presentence investigator, sentencing advocate working for a public defender, victim services advocate or mitigation specialist.

Mitigation specialists speak on behalf of those who have committed the most serious of crimes. A mitigation specialist provides judges and juries with insight into a defendant's culpability, including the defendant's mental health and other relevant information. The demand for professionals with sentencing advocacy skills is growing in the U.S. legal system in state and federal courts.

Sentencing advocacy & sentencing courses

This certificate program offers the training and credentials needed to advance in the criminal sentencing field, including courses in pre-sentence investigations, race/ethnicity, victimization and more.


Required

Seminar in Courts and Sentencing


Required

Alternatives to Penal Sanctions


Required

Presentence Investigations


Elective

Presentence Investigations


Elective

Seminar on Race/Ethnicity and Crime Issues


Elective

Seminar on Victimization


Elective

Seminar on Mental Health for Sentencing


Elective

Seminar on Mitigation in Death and Life Cases


What can I do with a certificate in criminal sentencing?

When combined with a relevant degree and work experience, a graduate certificate in criminal sentencing and sentencing advocacy can lead to career opportunities in courtrooms, forensic services agencies, the social work sector and more. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts faster than average job growth in the fields of criminal justice and social work over the next 10 years. Graduates with criminal sentencing and sentencing advocacy training can expect to find careers in many positions including:

Mitigation specialist

Private presentence investigator

Probation officer

Problem-solving court liaison

Sentencing advocate

Social worker

Victim services specialist

Learn from professionals in the field of advocacy

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Learn from professionals in the field of advocacy

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Criminal sentencing certificate requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

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Join one of the best schools for public service

The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is a comprehensive public service college dedicated to addressing social problems through teaching, research and service. Our public service programs, from public policy, to social work, to criminal justice, to emergency management, are designed to help prepare our diverse student body to make a difference in the community.

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