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Criminal Law

LAW 105

A study of state and federal criminal offenses, including crimes against the person, property, status, and inchoate offenses. Both common law and statutory defenses are examined.

Criminal Law Motion Practice

LAW 596

Although many law schools focus on trial advocacy skills (i.e. opening Statements, direct and cross examination, closing statements), few law school courses focus on what happens in a courtroom prior to trial, or after the trial. This course will introduce the law student who is specifically focused on a career in criminal law to the variety of motions made in a criminal courtroom, familiarize the student with the legal slang used to refer to such motions, and help the student to understand and argue the basics of these motions. Prerequisite(s): Criminal Law (LAW 105), Criminal Procedure (LAW 405) and Evidence (LAW 406).

Criminal Procedure

LAW 405

A study of the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, including warrant requirements for search and seizures, privilege against self-incrimination, due process, right to counsel, and the exclusionary rule.

Criminal Trial Advocacy

LAW 607

A combination lecture and practical skills based on an actual courtroom trial. Emphasizes legal rules and principles applicable to trial, as enunciated in statutory and case law, including chamber conferences, jury selection, opening statements, trial motions, witness examination, jury instructions, and final arguments. Practical strategies for lawyers are discussed. Prerequisite: Evidence (LAW 406).

Critical Legal Theory

LAW 231

This course takes up the issue of oppression through the lens of critical legal theory. Launched in the 1970s, critical legal theory and its family of offshoots (including Critical Race Theory, Feminist Legal Theory, Latina/o Crit Theory, and Queer Theory), does not merely criticize particular legal rules or outcomes, but larger structures of conventional legal thought and practice. According to critical legal scholars, dominant legal doctrines and conceptions perpetuate patterns of injustice by dominant social groups. Critical legal scholars argue that prevailing modes of legal reasoning pretend to afford neutral and objective treatment of claims while shielding structures of power from fundamental reconsideration. This course examines how powerful social groups systematically oppress social life via the law.

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