Advanced Criminal Law: From Theory to Practice

Section 1, Fall 18

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 19/20
Credits: 3

Course Description

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.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will complete weekly short memos of approximately 500-1000 words, and three long memoranda, each of which will be approximately 2500 words.

Other Work
Students will complete 3 graded plea negotiation simulations and one graded sentencing argument.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Criminal Law (6003)) Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
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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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Criminal Justice
Public Syllabus Link: None
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