Federal Sentencing (SC)

Section 1, Fall 15

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 13/18
Credits: 1

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):
Description: None

Final Type (if any):
Description:

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With:
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

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

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.

General Information

Schedule No.
115819976
Law No.
LAW7648
Modified Type
Lecture
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens:
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: