The Mueller Report and the Role of the Special Counsel (SC)

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 16/16
Credits: 1
Days* Date Time Room
  • F
  • S
  • F
  • S
  • F
  • S
  • 09/16/2022
  • 09/17/2022
  • 10/21/2022
  • 10/22/2022
  • 11/11/2022
  • 11/12/2022
  • 1500-1700
  • 1030-1230
  • 1500-1700
  • 1030-1230
  • 1500-1700
  • 1030-1230
  • WB105
  • WB105
  • WB105
  • WB105
  • WB105
  • WB105
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

In May 2017, Robert S. Mueller III was appointed Special Counsel to investigate the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. In addition to the inquiry into Russian activities, the Special Counsel’s Office investigated whether former President Trump obstructed justice during the FBI’s and then the Special Counsel’s investigation of Russian election interference. The office’s work, which spanned two years, resulted in federal criminal charges against more than 30 defendants, and a report documenting the office’s charging and declination decisions. In this short course, students will examine a key set of decisions made during the investigation. During each of the six sessions, instructors will present on the legal, political, practical, and human context for a set of issues, and then examine why and how particular decisions were made. The final sessions will focus on obstruction of justice and presidential accountability. Deputy Special Counsel Aaron Zebley ’96, Senior Counselor to the Special Counsel Jim Quarles, and Senior Assistant Special Counsel Andrew Goldstein will serve as instructors. Special Counsel Mueller ’73 will lead at least one session.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will write short papers (details and deadlines to be announced).

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Constitutional Law (6001)) AND (Criminal Law (6003)) Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
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.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
ABA Seminar
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Saturday, November 05, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Monday, November 14, 11:59 PM