Federal Sentencing (SC) (Judge-Taught)

Information Introduction

Section 1, Fall 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/16
Credits: 1
Days Date Time Room


1915-2145 WB129


1800-1930 WB129


1800-1930 WB129


1800-1930 WB129


1800-1930 WB129


1800-1930 WB129


1800-1930 WB129


1800-1930 WB129

Course Description

This course will provide an overview of federal sentencing policy and practice. Students will be introduced to the history and goals of sentencing, the types of sentences available to judges, the collateral consequences of conviction, and the sentencing reform movement that led to the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. We will review the method and application of the Sentencing Guidelines and examine the factors that affect the length of terms of imprisonment. We will explore the sources and limitations of sentencing discretion. Finally, we will discuss the impact of the development of constitutional limits on sentence enhancements and the role of the Sentencing Guidelines post-Booker. (Issues surrounding imposition of the death penalty and the availability of habeas corpus are beyond the scope of this seminar.)

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): None

Description: None

Written Work Product

Students will be required to submit a research paper of about 12-15 pages via EXPO no later than noon (EST) on October 19th.

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: Yes

First Day Attendance Required: Yes

Course Resources: To be announced.

Course Notes: Enrolled students who do not attend the first class session are at risk of being dropped. Students seeking to enroll in this course must attend the first class session.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: No

Satisfies Writing Requirement: No

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 123819785

Modified Type: ABA Seminar

Cross Listed: No

Concentrations: Constitutional Law , Criminal Justice

Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Saturday, September 23, 12:01 AM

Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Saturday, October 07, 11:59 PM

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