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Federal Criminal Law: Current Topics in Federal Criminal Practice (Fall 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-743
  • Class Number: 03340
  • Instructor: Brian Klein

Course Description

taught by a federal prosecutor, Paul Stern, and a criminal defense attorney who previously served as a federal prosecutor, Brian Klein. Both teachers have extensive criminal practice experience.

The three main phases of federal criminal practice will be examined from both a prosecution and defense viewpoint. Those phases are: (1) investigation; (2) post-charging and trial; and (3) sentencing. In the investigation phase, for example, the seminar will examine and consider current investigatory techniques, discussing, among other things, the implication of recent Supreme Court rulings.

There will be three written assignments on which students will be evaluated. For example, in the post-charging and trial phase, students will be asked to write a portion of a motion to suppress or the opposition to the motion. Students will also be evaluated on their class participation. There is a CR/D/F option and a background course on criminal procedure is recommended. 

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 2
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: T 6:00 pm - 7:50 pm
  • Room Number: Room 118/120
  • Exam: 3 papers each up to 7 pages
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: Yes
  • Participation: Worth 25% of grade
  • Pre-requisites: LAW-602 Criminal Procedure is recommended
  • Enrollment Limitation: 20 students