330.01 Federal Criminal Law

This course examines the role of the federal government in the criminal justice system, focusing on significant federal offenses criminalizing fraud, public corruption, drugs, money laundering, racketeering, and terrorism. We will also consider prosecutorial discretion, plea bargaining, and sentencing in the federal system.  The objective of this course is to master doctrine 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.

The grade will be based on mock arguments and a paper.

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

Spring 2017

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Research and/or analytical paper(s), 10-15 pages
Oral presentation
Practical exercises
In-class exercise
Class participation
Sara Sun Beale
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW.330.01.Sp17
Email list: LAW.330.01.Sp17@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - LLM
Course Areas of Practice