Online Forensic Justice LLM

Online LL.M. in Forensic Justice

You can earn your LL.M. in Forensic Justice online from WVU Law in just 14 months, including short residencies. Become an expert at the intersection of justice, science and the law.

With the recent discovery that the FBI provided faulty testimony in thousands of hair microscopy cases and the debunking of such evidence as bite marks and certain types of fire pattern analysis, scrutiny of forensic science in the courtroom is more necessary now than ever. This online LL.M. provides lawyers with the scientific background to understand forensic evidence and the advocacy skills to litigate them in the courtroom.  

In 2009, the National Academy of Sciences recommended to Congress that attorneys be better educated in forensic science. WVU Law is answering that call for action.

WVU Law's  Forensic Justice LL.M. is the only one of its kind in the nation. It is designed to prepare lawyers to work in and out of the courtroom with expert witnesses, crime scene investigators, and DNA and other scientifically gathered evidence.

By offering this LL.M. online, WVU Law is providing a flexible, convenient and comfortable way for busy attorneys to further develop their expertise and skills, advance their careers, and help their clients. 

All of our courses have been designed by law and forensic science faculty and will be taught by faculty or practitioners working in law or forensic science. 

The degree is offered in collaboration with WVU’s renowned Department of Forensic and Investigative Science and provides unique, practical experience for lawyers in an engaging and immersive educational setting.

Schedule and Curriculum 

Please refer to the  Academic Catalog for course descriptions.

Fall 2016

Foundations of Criminalistics

Biological and Chemical Evidence
3 credits

Science and the Law
3 credits

Spring 2017

Impression and Trace Evidence
3 credits

Forensics Casework Practicum
4 credits

LL.M. Seminar - Part 1
2 credits

Summer 2017

Analytical Methods for Lawyers
3 credits

Seminar - Part 2
2 credits

Forensic and Expert Evidence
4 credits

Fall 2017

August 16 - December 6

Foundations of Criminalistics - FIS 501
Full semester - 3 credits

Biological and Chemical Evidence - FIS 592C
2nd half of the semester - 3 credits

Forensic Quality Assurance - FIS 480
1st half of the semester - 2 credits

Spring 2018

January 8-April 30

Forensics Casework Practicum - FIS 620/LAW
Full semester - 3 credits

Science and the Law - LAW 688D
1st half of the semester - 3 credits

Impression and Trace Evidence - FIS 514
2nd half of the semester - 3 credits

Summer 2018

May 14 - Aug 3

Foerensic and Expert Evidence - LAW 661
Full semester 4 credits

LL.M. Seminar(part 2) - Foundational Principles
1st half of the semester - 2 credits

Analytical Methods for Lawyers - LAW 712
2nd half od the semester - 3 credits

Fall 2018

Dates to be announced

LL.M. Seminar(part 1) Hot Topics
1st half of the semester - 2 credits

Forensic Ethics Class - FIS 592G
1st half of the semester - 2 credits

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