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Forensic Justice

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administrative contact

Samantha Stefanov
phone: 304-293-5301

program contact

Valena Beety
Associate Professor of Law
phone: 304-293-7520

Program Details

Program Description

Recent developments have demonstrated that a solid grounding in the scientific method and forensic evidence is critical for any attorney, especially for those practicing criminal law. WVU has long been a leader in the field of forensic sciences and WVU is a natural home for this program.

The WVU College of Law, in partnership with the WVU Department of Forensic and Investigative Science, is proud to be a pioneer in the criminal justice field by offering the country’s first and only graduate law degree program in Forensic Justice. While many American law schools offer upper-level courses in areas such as expert testimony and forensic evidence, no other ABA-approved U.S. law school currently offers an LL.M. in forensic justice.

Career Profile

The Forensic Justice LL.M. is flexible enough to allow experienced practitioners to improve and expand their skills, thus allowing them to better serve their clients and communities. The LL.M. will enable new attorneys to develop skills necessary to be an effective state or federal prosecutor, a public defender, or an attorney in private practice focusing on criminal defense.

Delivery Methods Available

  • on campus

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

  • See "Additional Information" below for other requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

Additional Information

Minimum admission requirements:
• A J.D. from an American Bar Association accredited school or equivalent, as determined by the WVU College of Law in accordance with ABA guidelines.
• A GPA of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or other demonstrated indicia of likelihood of success.
• A demonstrated interest or commitment to the fields of science, forensic evidence and law.

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