Criminal Justice

This course covers selected topics in substantive criminal law: principles underlying the definition of crime such as the requirements of actus reus and mens rea and general doctrines such as...

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P. Arenella D. Carbado J. Chacón B. Colgan D. Dolinko L. Levenson

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...

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K. Crenshaw C. Harris

This survey course examines the causal and remedial relationship of law to racial discrimination. The course begins with a historical overview of the law's engagement with race in order to...

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P. Arenella B. Colgan S. Thaxton

This course examines how a criminal case advances through the court system. Topics include prosecutorial power and ethical obligations; grand jury, competency, and bail proceedings; jury selection;...

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M. Langer

In this course, we will study topics such as international and transnational crimes (such as crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes, corruption, narcotics and money laundering, and torture);...

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N. Abrams S. Thaxton

This course explores the theory and substance of federal white collar criminal law. Throughout the term, we visit the question of the proper role of the federal government in law enforcement, as well...

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N. Abrams

This course addresses the legal aspects of the U.S. government's efforts to prevent terrorism and investigate and prosecute terrorists. It examines the crimes and special approaches (including...

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S. Dolovich

Courses in criminal law tend to focus on the “front end” of the criminal justice process: investigation, prosecution, and verdict. But for those offenders sentenced to prison, the trial process is...

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S. Thaxton

This course provides a general introduction to death penalty law and practice in the United States. We will explore the constitutional and legal structure of capital punishment (i.e., common law...

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K. Abou El Fadl

The course will provide an overview of the broad range of legal issues related to the growing international and domestic problem of human trafficking. Conservative estimates are that around a...

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R. Dicker

Prosecutions of the most serious international crimes through international criminal tribunals and national courts have emerged as a visible yet uneven force on the global landscape.At the...

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This course considers whether and to what extent international human rights law applies to the actions of states outside their sovereign territories. And what it requires of states insofar as it does...

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B. Colgan

This course will investigate the legal and policy implications of current topics in criminal law and procedure. Past topics have included the funding of criminal legal systems, drug policy, hate...

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In this seminar, we will explore the philosophical basis for the distinction that we draw between adults and juveniles. Our focus will be on this distinction in the criminal law context. Why treat...

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D. Dolinko

The seminar will focus on what (if anything) makes it morally permissible for the state to inflict “hard treatment” on people, against their will, provided they have been found guilty of criminal...

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K. Abou El Fadl

What is a political crime? Is there a meaningful distinction between a political as opposed to a non-political or common crime? And what is the relationship of political crimes to terrorism? This...

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J. Chacón

This seminar will explore a broad set of issues relating to noncitizens and the criminal legal system, including: the bureaucratic bonds between the criminal enforcement and immigration enforcement...

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P. Arenella F. Olsen

This seminar will help prepare students to defend clients charged with crimes, especially in difficult or controversial cases. It explores how, why, and when injustices arise and develops tools to...

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M. Langer

This course provides an overview of comparative criminal procedure. Its goal is not only to study how other legal systems regulate the criminal process, but also to enable a deeper understanding of...

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S. Dolovich

Courses in criminal law tend to focus on the “front end” of the criminal justice process: investigation, prosecution, and verdict. This seminar will cover a series of topics pertaining to the “back...

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C. Harris

This seminar will focus on race-conscious remedies designed to ameliorate race discrimination and inequality. Preliminary focus will be on the location of race-conscious remedies within the existing...

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R. Steinberg

This seminar briefly introduces students to international criminal law, then focuses on contemporary issues facing the International Criminal Court (ICC). At each weekly class meeting, we will...

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S. Dolovich

The 8th Amendment’s cruel and unusual punishment clause is the constitutional provision that limits what the state can do to convicted criminal offenders as punishment. Substantive challenges to...

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B. Spellman

Why are people wrongfully convicted? There are a variety of reasons: some involve people who act with intentional bad faith, or who make decisions that are bad or unintentionally biased; others...

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This seminar provides an overview of some of the core ethical concerns in today’s global politics, centering on the question of what demands justice imposes on agents and institutions acting in a...

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A. Winkler

This seminar will focus on the right to keep and bear arms. We will examine the philosophical and historical origins of the arms right; the controversy over the original meaning of the Second...

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A. Littman S. Patel J. Schwartz

The Civil Rights and Police Accountability Clinic pursues police reform through civil litigation. In the seminar, students will develop litigation skills including complaint drafting, litigation...

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J. Cramer I. Eagly

UCLA School of Law’s Criminal Defense Clinic (“CDC”) examines the role of the defense lawyer in the criminal justice process. The central feature of this clinical course is the CDC’s work providing...

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C. Anderson D. Birnholz G. Cardona P. Johnson

This course will be graded on a P/U/NC basis. Students are allowed to take only one Trial Advocacy related course (Civil, Criminal or Year-long) in their 2nd or 3rd year due to overlap in course...

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J. Nishimoto S. Patel

The Poverty, Homelessness, and Criminalization Clinic provides an exciting remote-only live-client opportunity to engage in critical legal services, litigation, and policy advocacy during the...

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What is juvenile justice? How and why do we define “youth” and “youth at risk?” How are juveniles profiled? What happens when juveniles enter “the system?” What is the role of a prosecutor,...

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A. Virani A. Whitcup

The goal of this course is to provide students with opportunities inside and outside the classroom to examine the role of bail in the criminal legal system, individual's lives and the impact it has...

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J. Schwartz

This two-credit course offers an overview of key doctrines (including municipal liability, qualified immunity, and supervisory liability), remedies (including damages and injunctive relief), and...

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J. Peake

This course is designed to provide students interested in international criminal law with a basic knowledge and understanding of international criminal law, a thorough insight into theory and...

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