Critical Analysis of the Military Justice System (JAG) (SC)

Section 12, Spring 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 3/5
Credits: 1

Course Description

For over 50 years, the Uniform Code of Military Justice has been cobbled together through statute and case law into our present military criminal code. Some portions of the Code have remained virtually unchanged while others have been repealed or amended several times. The Military Justice Act of 2016 brought substantial changes to the code, while some of the Military Justice Review Group’s (MJRG) recommendations were not implemented (like preserving Article 66 as originally written). Congress continues to contemplate further fundamental changes to the military justice system, such as the Military Justice Improvement Act. If given the opportunity, would you rewrite the UCMJ? If so, why and how? This elective takes a deeper look at the UCMJ and critically analyzes both its history and present application. Students will analyze the history of the military justice system and the process through which changes to the UCMJ are made; evaluate the status and utility of the current Articles; and propose possible changes to the UCMJ.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): None
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Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Grades are based, in part, on two short (1-2 page written submissions).

Other Work
Grades are based, in part, on classroom participation and an oral presentation project.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes: The instructors for this course are LTC Farrell, MAJ Thompson, and guest speakers. This course meets at the JAG School during their 4th Quarter, March 15 - May 14, 2021. ATTENDANCE: Enrolled students who do not attend the first class session will be processed in accordance with the Academic Policies. Students seeking to enroll in this course must complete and timely submit a request form to the Student Records Office. NOTE: due to weather, holidays, military scheduling, etc., classes at the JAG School may require rescheduling. The JAG School attempts to reschedule make-ups at the same day/time slot, but there may be times when a meeting session date/time will not occur in the same day/time slot. All absences must be approved by the instructor. ENROLLMENT: SRO will collect enrollment requests starting at an announced time in the fall term. Enrollment is subject to approval by the JAG School.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**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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