Fall 2022 Course Schedule

U.S. Criminal Law (LLM Only) (LAW-507L-001)
Tracee Plowell

Meets: 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM (W) - Warren - Room NT02

Enrolled: 20 / Limit: 24

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This course will introduce students to the American criminal justice system-from arrest to conviction. The first half of the semester will focus on areas of American Criminal Law where students will learn what has to be proven to be convicted of various crimes, as well as different defenses available to defendants. We then will move on to American Criminal Procedure, with a focus on the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments, specifically when police can stop and search and a person's right to remain silent and right to an attorney. Class discussions will be based on the required textbook readings, as well as relevant, current cases, and practical, real-world aspects of Criminal Law and Procedure.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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The required materials for the course are:

  • Podgor, Henning, Jones, and Garcia: Criminal Law, Concepts and Practice (5th Ed. 2022)
  • Myron Moskovitz, Cases and Problems in Criminal Procedure: The Police (7th Ed), Lexis Nexis 2019

First Class Readings

Week One (8/24/22):

Overview of the Criminal Justice System/Principles of Punishment

Chapter 1: Overview of the Criminal Justice System, pp. 1-30

Chapter 2: Principles of Punishment, pp. 31-59 (skim Notes & Questions and Problems)

Chapter 3: Criminal Statutes pp. 73-104 (skim Notes & Questions and Problems)

Week Two (8/31/22):

Elements of a Crime

Chapter 4: Actus Reus, pp. 107-118

Chapter 5: Mens Rea, pp. 129-196 (skim Notes & Questions, review Problems)


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