Law 295 - Criminal Procedure: Adjudication

Beth A. Colgan

Beth A. Colgan

Professor of Law
B.A. Stanford University, 1995
J.D. Northwestern University School of Law, 2000

UCLA Faculty Since 2014
Course Description:

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; the rights to effective assistance of counsel and self-representation; rights at trial; plea bargaining; and sentencing. 

This course is designed to complement Law 202 ("Criminal Procedure: Investigation"), Law 711 ("Pre-trial Criminal Litigation"), Law 715 ("Criminal Defense Clinic"), and Law 720 ("Criminal Trial Advocacy"), but those courses are not prerequisites.

Course Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to: (1) understand and critically evaluate the constitutional and non-constitutional rules related to pre-trial, trial, and sentencing processes; (2) apply those doctrines to a set of facts from both a prosecutor’s and defense attorney’s standpoint in an organized and persuasive way; (3) articulate a well-reasoned prediction as to how a court would apply the doctrine; and (4) address open questions of law within the doctrine.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Beth Colgan 20F 295 LEC 1 MWR 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM 4.0 No No
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2020 LEC 1
Dressler, Thomas III and Medwed. Criminal Procedure, Prosecuting Crime  7th ed.  
ISBN: 9781684671519. West Academic Publishing. REQUIRED $217.56