The Role of the Federal Prosecutor

Section 1, Fall 17

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 14/16
Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will explore the powers and responsibilities of the federal prosecutor - charged with investigating and prosecuting everything from street crime to terrorism. It will involve a discussion of how key prosecutorial decisions are made within our federal criminal justice system, in consideration of legal, policy, practical and ethical constraints. Relying on publicly available information about federal investigations and prosecutions, the course will examine some of the most important investigative tools of the federal prosecutor, the historical independence of the department of justice, the often complex interaction between state and federal prosecuting authorities, the broader societal impact of federal criminal investigations (including during the 2016 presidential election), the history of the Independent Counsel (and the legal framework for the current Special Counsel), federal mandatory minimum sentences, the use of cooperating witnesses in federal criminal prosecutions, the extraterritorial reach of the federal prosecutor and, in the national security context, the use of Article III courts and military commissions.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to submit a substantial research paper via EXPO by noon (EST) on the last day of the Fall examination period.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: No Mutual Exclusions
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: Yes
**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

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
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