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White Collar Crime (LAW-749-001)
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This course will focus on the practical issues facing white-collar practitioners, both prosecutors and defense attorneys. It will include examination of many of the substantive statutes used in prosecuting white-collar crime, including conspiracy, fraud offenses (mail, wire, bank, health care, and other fraud), bribery, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and false statement/perjury/obstruction of justice offenses, among others. It will also include examination of the process of a white-collar case, focusing on prosecutorial charging decisions, plea bargaining, the Fifth Amendment privilege and immunity, sentencing, including the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, and collateral consequences. We will have several guest speakers during the semester, including white collar criminal defense attorneys and current or former federal prosecutors. We will use realistic fact patterns as a vehicle for illustrating issues to be covered in the course and for three writing assignments. Final grades will be based on the following: two writing assignments (each 25%) involving the application of the material covered in the course to facts and a writing assignment concerning sentencing, including a sentencing guidelines calculation (30%), and class participation (20%).
Textbooks and Other Materials
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The textbook is Julie R. O’Sullivan, FEDERAL WHITE COLLAR CRIME: Cases and Materials (5th Edition), ISBN 978-0-314-27662-9, Publisher West.
First Class Readings
Chapter 3, Sections A and B (pp. 121- 139). The syllabus will be available on the first day of class.
The syllabus is available in the following format(s):