Criminal Law and Procedure
Students concentrating in this area will need to study the basic substantive requirements for criminal liability and many of the defenses to liability, such as insanity or self-defense (Criminal Law); the procedural rules that accompany the trial process, including discovery, plea bargaining, jury trial, and post-trial procedures (Constitutional Criminal Procedure, and Advanced Criminal Procedure); as well as the doctrines, rules and policies governing the demonstration of facts in court. Students interested in practicing in this area also should master the skills needed to prosecute or defend individuals in trials including fact analysis, conducting direct and cross examinations, making opening statements and closing arguments, using exhibits, and making and responding to evidentiary objections. Students might also want to consider classes that address philosophical questions raised by the criminal law and the criminal justice system. Others may wish to explore appropriate externship possibilities.
This course studies Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment constitutional restraints on the activities of law enforcement officers during the investigatory stage of the criminal process. Special...