Federal Sentencing (SC)

Section 1, Fall 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 14/16
Credits: 1
Day Date Time Room
  • M
  • T
  • W
  • R
  • M
  • T
  • W
  • R
  • 09/13/2021
  • 09/14/2021
  • 09/15/2021
  • 09/16/2021
  • 09/20/2021
  • 09/21/2021
  • 09/22/2021
  • 09/23/2021
  • 1800-1930
  • 1800-1930
  • 1800-1930
  • 1800-1930
  • 1800-1930
  • 1800-1930
  • 1800-1930
  • 1800-1930
  • WB129
  • WB129
  • WB129
  • WB129
  • WB129
  • WB129
  • WB129
  • 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 Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to submit a research paper of about 12-15 pages via EXPO no later than noon (EST) two weeks after the last class session.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually 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 will be dropped. Students seeking to enroll in this course must attend the first class session.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
121819191
Law No.
LAW7648
Modified Type
Lecture
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, September 16, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Saturday, September 25, 11:59 PM
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