Advanced Topics in Criminal Law   [Archived Catalog]
2016-2017 School of Law Bulletin (Archived Copy)

LAWS 559 - Advanced Topics in Criminal Law

Credits: 2

This course is an advanced course in criminal law. Students will explore three different areas: First, they will take an in-depth look at topics that play an important role in criminal practice, but which typically go unmentioned or are only briefly discussed in first-year Criminal Law. Such topics include, for example, possession crimes and conspiratorial relationships. Second, students will survey high-profile criminal law topics that have attracted popular attention, such as cyber-crime, anti-terrorism enforcement, and forensic investigation. Third, students will finish the class by studying sentencing law and policy. The purpose of the course is both to provide students with a broad understanding of criminal law and to prepare them for a career by exposing them to legal doctrines that play a common role in criminal practice.

Prerequisites: Criminal Law

Basis of Grade: 85% final exam, 10% other assignments, 5% participation

Form of Grade: Letter