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Spring 2013
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White Collar Crime (LAW-749-001)

Meets: 04:30 PM - 05:50 PM (TTH) - Room 524

Enrolled: 38 / Limit: 50


Assignment: Complete introductory survey, available at Please complete the survey even if you are waitlisted for the course.


An examination of the substantive law of white-collar crime, as well as the practice, procedure, and strategy concerning federal white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions. Topics include the definition of and theory behind white-collar crime; investigative techniques used to combat white-collar crime; grand jury law and practice; prosecutorial discretion; plea bargaining; grants of immunity, entrapment, privileges, and other common defenses; charging decisions and drafting of indictments; sentencing and the goals of punishment; and substantive law topics including conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, bribery and public corruption, false statements, perjury, obstruction of justice, computer and Internet fraud, and money laundering. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* In addition to learning the substantive law, we will focus on the practical skills required to be an effective white collar crime practitioner. We will discuss the theory and background of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines in some detail, and then spend time learning how to apply the Guidelines in white collar cases. Later in the semester, we will discuss witness interviewing techniques and in class conduct a witness interview in a fictitious white collar investigation. We will have several guest speakers during the semester including an Assistant United States Attorney who will discuss the grand jury process and prosecutorial discretion and attorneys from the Department of Justice’s Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section of the Criminal Division. Final grades will be based on the following: • Sentencing Guidelines Exercise – 30% • Witness Interview Questioning Outline (group project) – 10% • Witness Interview Memo – 40% • Class Participation – 20%

Textbooks and Other Materials

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J. Kelly Strader and Sandra D. Jordan, WHITE COLLAR CRIME: CASES, MATERIALS AND PROBLEMS (2nd edition), ISBN:978-1-4224-2741-5, Publisher: Lexis. J. Kelly Strader and Sandra D. Jordan, WHITE COLLAR CRIME: CASES, MATERIALS AND PROBLEMS (2012 Supplement) – available at

First Class Readings

Chapter 1 (pp. 1- 14) Supplement, p. 2


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