Criminal Law   [Archived Catalog]
2018-2019 School of Law Bulletin

LAWS 524 - Criminal Law

Credits: 3

This course provides an introduction to the substantive law of crimes. The primary emphasis is on those rules, principles, and doctrines applicable to most or many crimes. These doctrines include actus reus (What is a criminal act?), mens rea (What states of mind are criminal?), and the defenses of insanity, intoxication, impossibility, mistake, duress, necessity, and self-defense. Some attention is also given to several specific crimes and to theories of punishment. The primary materials are selected appellate court opinions and the Model Penal Code.

Basis of Grade: Final examination

Form of Grade: Letter Grade