Categories: Criminal Law
Course Page for Fall 2017 - Klingele, Cecelia
This course addresses the purposes and limits of the criminal law; the challenges of drafting and interpreting criminal legislation; and the key doctrines and principles applicable to criminal law.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
• Describe the basic legal standards that govern decision-making by prosecutors, judges, and juries in criminal cases.
• Identify the basic elements of a criminal statute.
• Apply statutes to new fact situations.
• Understand the primary Constitutional limits on the legislature’s ability to draft criminal statutes.
• Understand the ways in which criminal law has changed over time in response to changing public norms and institutional structures.
• Understand the operation of included offense statutes, and their effect on charging decisions and jury instructions.
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Course Page for Fall 2017 - Kempinen, Ben
Problems in defining what conduct should be subject to criminal penalties; the limitations of criminal law as a means for prevention and control of undesirable conduct.
Learning Objectives for this Class
This is a class about criminal law. When we are finished, you will know a great deal about how criminal laws are created and applied. The lessons of this class are not limited to criminal law; the class is designed to help you develop skills necessary for effective practice in any substantive area. At the end of the term you each should understand:
• the allocation of authority between the three branches of government and between federal, state and local agencies
• how policies are transformed into law – statutes, administrative rules, or executive orders
• the difference between a criminal and a non-criminal offense
• how a statutory code is constructed and how its various parts fit (or sometimes, do not fit) together
• how to read and break down statutes to determine the elements of crimes and defenses
• how to read and understand the precise holding of an appellate court decision
• how to apply statutory definitions to specific fact situations