Contemporary Debates in Criminal Law
This seminar is intended to expose students to the most fundamental and provocative doctrinal, analytical, empirical, and philosophical debates that scholars have faced over the past quarter century. To succeed in such an expansive undertaking, we will work from a recently published book, entitled, Criminal Law Conversations. The book consists of a number of scholarly essays and responses submitted by dozens of the most influential academics working in the fields of criminal law, procedure, and justice. Students will orally present and provide written responses to the dialogues in the text. In the process, they will learn about the most difficult questions that confront the academy today, and they will help to develop the difficult questions that it will have to confront tomorrow.
*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.