Law 503 - Current Topics in Criminal Law

Faculty listed in alphabetical order – please see faculty specific description for requisite information.

B. Colgan

General Course Description:

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 crimes, the criminalization of homelessness, juvenile justice reform, voter disenfranchisement following a conviction, and the increasing use of technology in criminal legal systems. Students will learn to identify and understand the complexities of these issues—including the federal-state relationship in criminal policy, the real world impact of current and proposed practices, the importance of economic incentives to criminal justice reform, and the way in which these issues cause divisions between political allies and alliances between political foes—as well as to address the role that lawyers and other advocates play in shaping these laws and policies.

Background in or familiarity with criminal procedure is recommended, but not a prerequisite.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Beth Colgan 21S 503 SEM 1 W 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 3.0 No No
Previous Course Offerings:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Beth Colgan 19S 503 SEM 1 R 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 3.0 No No
Beth Colgan 20S 503 SEM 1 T 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 3.0 No No
Criminal Justice;