Criminal Law and Procedure

This survey course will introduce students to various aspects of criminal law and criminal procedure, including the theory and elements of specific crimes and the constitutional standards of criminal prosecution and police practices. The course will also examine how these laws and procedures are applied by police, prosecutors, defenders, and courts.

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to critically analyze statutes and rules.
  • Outline the general ways in which a civil lawsuit moves through the courts.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of trial court procedural posture and appellate court standards of review.
  • Understand and apply the rules for arrest, detention, criminal trial practice, and evidence and constitutional standards.
  • Discuss how lawyers might respond to moral, ethical, and professional responsibilities within criminal law and practice.