Federal Criminal Law

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 15/44
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • TR
  • 1410-1530
  • SL258
08/30/2022 12/06/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This course will focus primarily on two broad topics in federal criminal law. The first arises from laws criminalizing fraud, bribery, and corruption in both the public and private sectors. The second relates to laws and doctrines that extend the application of federal criminal law beyond U.S. borders, which enable prosecutors and enforcement agencies to respond to transnational criminal activity such as terrorism, drug and human trafficking, computer hacking or other cybercrimes, and corporate bribery of foreign officials. We will also give some attention to constitutional law doctrines with which these topics intersect, such as limits on corruption offenses from constitutional protections for campaign finance; the scope of Congress’ power to criminalize conduct occurring in other countries; and the limits on criminal procedure rights for persons outside the United States. Additionally, we consider some procedural rules specific to these contexts, such as ways to obtain evidence, suspects or witness testimony beyond U.S. borders where federal officials, warrants, and subpoenas generally have no authority.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

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.

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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Criminal Justice
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, November 30, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM