This course focuses on the criminal justice process “from bail to jail” (or until dismissal or acquittal)—that is, starting with arrest or with the pre-arrest filing of criminal charges. Topics include bail and preventive detention, defendants’ right to effective assistance of counsel, prosecutorial discretion, criminal charging, the role and operation of grand juries, plea bargaining practice, jury trials, and appeals from criminal convictions. We will give special attention to enduring themes that inform the law, practice, and critical examination of many of these topics—racial inequities and severity of U.S. punishment policies. As events and circumstances arise, course materials will incorporate current, noteworthy examples of, developments in, and law-reform efforts regarding these topics.
Midterm Type (if any): None
Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester.
Final Exam Notes:
Flex exam at end of semester.
Written Work Product
Written Work Product:
Periodic short practice problems with responses posted on course website and included in class discussions.
*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.