Law 120 - Criminal Law I

Sharon Dolovich

Sharon Dolovich

Professor of Law
Faculty Director, UCLA Prison Law & Policy Program
B.A. Queen's University
Ph.D. Cambridge University
J.D. Harvard Law School
UCLA Faculty Since 2000
Course Description:

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 ignorance of fact and ignorance of law, causation, attempt, complicity and conspiracy. Principles of justification and excuse are examined with particular attention to the doctrines of necessity, intoxication, insanity, diminished capacity and automatism. The substantive offense of homicide is extensively reviewed, and from time to time other offenses such as theft. Throughout, emphasis is placed on the basic theory of the criminal law and the relationship between doctrines and the various justifications for imposition of punishment.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Sharon Dolovich 19F 120 LEC 5 TR 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM 4.0 No No
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2019 LEC 5
Kadish, Schulhofer and Barkow. Criminal Law and its Processes  10th ed.  
ISBN: 9781454873808. Wolters Kluwer. REQUIRED $280.00
Bach, Amy. Ordinary Injustice: How America Holds Court    
ISBN: 9780805092271. Picador. OPTIONAL $22.00
Notes: Students will choose among four book options - This is one
Bogira, Steve. Courtroom 302: A Year Behind the Scenes in an American Criminal Courthouse    
ISBN: 9780679752066. A. Knopf. OPTIONAL $16.00
Notes: Students will choose among four book options - This is one
Burton and Lynn Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women    
ISBN: 9781620972120. The New Press. OPTIONAL $25.95
Notes: Students will choose among four book options - This is one
Hartman, Kenneth E. Mother California: A Story of Redemption Behind Bars     
ISBN: 9781934633946. Atlas. OPTIONAL $30.75
Notes: Students will choose among four book options - This is one