SMNR: Federal Criminal Law

Course Information

Registration Information

Meeting Times

Day Time Location
MON, WED 2:30 - 3:45 pm TNH 3.125

Evaluation Method

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This is a one-semester three-unit seminar about substantive federal criminal law. This seminar will detail the prosecution and defense of criminal offenses in federal court, focusing on the more frequently employed and complex areas, and on current hot topics. Class time will be devoted to mail, wire, bank, and health care fraud, public corruption, money laundering, administration of justice offenses, the Controlled Substances Act, immigration offenses, and terrorism and weapons offenses. Students will be alerted to the manner in which federal sanctions can be employed against lawyers, banks, and corporations, and the bases of federal criminal jurisdiction. If time permits, we will review the federal plea bargaining and sentencing systems. Second-year students interested in the United States Attorney’s Office, Federal Public Defender's Service, and U.S. Army internships for their third year should consider taking this class first. This cseminar does not significantly overlap with my Advanced Federal Criminal Prosecution & Defense seminar.

Your grade will be based 50% on a final paper, 20% on class participation, and 30% on an in-class group project.