Advanced Criminal Law: From Theory to Practice
Using detailed fact patterns of cases that were actually criminally prosecuted, students will garner further sophistication in both the practice and the theory of criminal law. Writing prosecution or defense memoranda, students will be required to apply the facts to the statute applicable at the time of the crime, the current statute, and the Model Penal Code. Students will also be required to look at the law as reformers, asking whether any of the statutes adequately deal with the crime at hand. In addition to examining actual cases, students will read scholarly articles on the theoretical issues raised by the cases. These articles will be used to further critically evaluate the criminal law. For each case, students will come to class able (1) to offer a proposed sentence, (2) to explain and defend their proposed sentence, and (3) to analyze the defendant’s liability under the Model Penal Code and the jurisdiction’s then-existing and current statutes.
*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.