Area of Study & Practice
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Legal Skills
JD Graduation RequirementsThis course typically satisfies all or some of the following JD graduation requirements:
- Professional Skills
Federal Criminal Law
Federal criminal law is a unique and sometimes strange legal creature, often differing starkly from the law encountered in the first-year criminal law course. The objective of this course is not so much to master doctrine as to understand the logic that supports (or does not support) various areas of federal criminal law and to learn how to debate federal criminal law’s merits and proper limits. Public policy, theory, critical thinking, and oral advocacy will be emphasized.
Grade is based on mock arguments, the written analysis of a bill, and a 24 hour take-home examination.
Federal criminal law is recommended either for second- or third-year students. It is especially helpful for students who will have a federal judicial clerkship, and those who anticipate a career in litigation. There are no prerequisites.
Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.