Spring 2014 Course Schedule

Criminal Law (LAW-507-005)

Meets: 01:30 PM - 02:50 PM (MW) - Room 402

Enrolled: 84 / Limit: 90

Administrator Access


The Course Syllabus appears at the front of the Supplement, as well as in an attachment to this web page (see below).

Please bring the Supplement with you to the first class.

Note: Maximum of five unexcused absences allowed.


Major problems of criminal law as a device for controlling socially undesirable behavior. Intended to give students working knowledge of the legal principles determining criminal liability in light of theories advanced to justify punishment and other methods of correction. Topics include: the nature of crime and its elements (mens rea and actus reus); common law and statutory offenses (e.g., homicide, rape, burglary, robbery, larceny); inchoate crimes (attempt, solicitation, and conspiracy); combinations of persons in crime (conspiracy and accomplice liability); defenses (e.g., self-defense, defense of others, battered woman syndrome, necessity, duress, intoxication, insanity); and justifiable and excusable acts or omissions.

Textbooks and Other Materials

The textbook information on this page was provided by the instructor. Students should use this information when considering purchases from the AU Campus Store or other vendors. Students may check to determine if books are currently available for purchase online.

The two books we will use are:

Sanford Kadish, Stephen Schulhofer, Carol Steiker & Rachel Barkow, Criminal Law and Its Processes: Cases and Materials (9th ed. 2012) [available in the AU bookstore, but you should feel free to purchase the book online or elsewhere -- ISBN: 978-1-4548-1755-0]

Ira Robbins, Criminal Law Supplement (2014) [You may purchase the Supplement in hardcopy in Room 502 or access the pdf version for free on our MyWCL web site.]

First Class Readings

For the first class (January 6, 2014), please read:

Supp vi ("Important Notes");

Supp vii ("MyWCL Information");

Casebook 82 (bot)-89; Supp 1-5

Read very quickly Casebook 75-82 (bot), 89-98, 115-124 (mid)

[Class discussion will focus primarily on the Dudley & Stephens case.]


Use your MyAU username and password to access the syllabus in the following format(s):