Federal Criminal Law – 3 Credits
This course will detail the prosecution and defense of federal criminal offenses and related actions, focusing on white collar crime. Substantive areas of the Federal Criminal Code covered will include fraud, white collar crimes (such as insider trading, bribery, money laundering, mail and bank fraud, and public corruption), obstruction of the administration of justice (such as perjury, false statements, and witness intimidation), civil and criminal forfeiture, and complex federal offenses (such as conspiracy, RICO and CCE). We will pay particular, attention to federal criminal sanctions employed against lawyers, corporate officers, and entities. We may review the now-advisory Federal Sentencing Guidelines and discuss plea bargaining. We may cover firearm and terrorism offenses, depending upon tiem constraints and student interest. This course will be useful to the student intending to enter civil or criminal law practice. Your final grade will be based primarily upon a floating essay examination, and in part upon a series of in-class oral projects. Second-year students interested in the United States Attorney's Office internshhip for their third year should consider taking this class first.
Course content does not significantly overlap with Professors Brown & Klein’s Advanced Federal Criminal Prosecution Seminar, so students may enroll in both.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
1:15 - 2:05 pm
1L and upperclass elective
Pass/Fail Not Allowed
Federal Criminal Law and its Enforcement
- Abrams, Beale, and Klein