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Criminal Law (LAW-507-005)
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
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The two books we will use are:
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.]
The syllabus is available in the following format(s):