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Assistant Teaching Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Attorney Krista M. Larsen joined Northeastern as an adjunct professor in 2007 and is now an Assistant Professor. Her teaching focus is the “Due Process” course, which focuses on the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments.

She was recognized by CSSH in 2016 when she was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award in the Part-time category. She has also been the recipient of the CJ Robert Sheehan Award for excellence in teaching in 2013, 2016, and 2017.

Attorney Larsen specializes in criminal defense while maintaining her general practice. In 2003, Attorney Larsen was followed by The Boston Globe for an article reporting on funding for court appointed attorneys. In 2005, she was named one of Massachusetts’ Super Lawyers.

View CV
  • Outstanding Teaching Award in the Part-time category, 2016, Northeastern University College of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Robert Sheehan Award for excellence in teaching, 2013, 2016, and 2017, Northeastern University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer, 2005

Related Schools & Departments

  • Education

    JD, Suffolk University Law School

  • Contact

  • Address

    413 Churchill Hall
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115


Course catalog
  • Examines the role of criminal courts in the United States, the structure and organization of the court system, and the flow of cases from arrest to conviction. Focuses on the key actors in the courtroom-prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, and court clerks-and the decision-making processes in charging a person with a crime, setting bail, pleading guilty, going to trial, and sentencing. Addresses prospects for reforming courts.

  • Focuses on an historical evaluation of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and its use in making rights prescribed under the Bill of Rights applicable to the individual states. Examines constitutional requirements in the administration of criminal justice with particular emphasis on the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment requirements and their implications on police practices in the areas of arrests, searches and seizures, right to counsel, and eyewitness identification. Expects students to be familiar with basic concepts and legal language as well as the Court’s changing interpretations of the law. Briefing of cases is required.

  • Surveys the contemporary criminal justice system in the United States. Students examine the phases of the criminal justice system beginning with the detection of crimes by the police, the handling of the case through the courts, and, finally, the disposition and sentencing of offenders. Issues and characteristics of each of the phases (police, courts, and corrections) are examined as well as identifying the key actors (police, judges, prosecutors, correctional officers, and so forth) of each phase of the criminal justice system. Also introduces students to the U.S. juvenile-justice system.

Krista’s Colleagues