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.
Next start date: 01/09/2023
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.
Seminar in Courts and Sentencing
Alternatives to Penal Sanctions
Seminar on Race/Ethnicity and Crime Issues
Seminar on Victimization
Seminar on Mental Health for Sentencing
Seminar on Mitigation in Death and Life Cases
Seminar in Corrections
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:
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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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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