Cynthia Armijo

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Cynthia Armijo joined Penn State Dickinson Law as visiting assistant professor of law after spending over 20 years litigating hundreds of cases during her career as a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney. Armijo received a B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from Texas Women’s University and a J.D. degree from University of New Mexico School of Law. She teaches courses related to criminal law, professional responsibility, and law practice management.

During the ten years that she has worked as a criminal defense attorney, she has litigated cases ranging from traffic tickets to death penalty defense. She has also worked on civil cases involving topics such as property law, family law, tort law, immigration law, and contracts.

Ms. Armijo has worked as an instructor for over twenty years. She was a Visiting Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law teaching topics such as criminal law, criminal procedure, trial practice, ethics, and evidence. She has also taught criminal law and criminal procedure to police officer cadets as part of their training at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy. 

Ms. Armijo has also been asked to appear as a commentator on Court TV and several other news programs. American University’s Washington College of Law published her writings regarding Driving While Intoxicated cases in their scholarly journal: Criminal Law Practitioner. Ms. Armijo is an avid cyclist and enjoys reading.

Cynthia Armijo


Phone  717-240-5143

Faculty Impact

J.D., University of New Mexico School of Law

B.S., Texas Woman’s University, summa cum laude

Current Courses

Criminal Law

Criminal Procedure

Trial Practice




Armijo's Publications

Currently working on an article about the Department of Justice oversight of the Albuquerque Police Department over the last 13 years

Armijo's Presentations and Panels
Will be delivering a paper presentation at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences at their annual conference on March 14-18, 2023 in National Harbor, Maryland.