About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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- BUSINESS LAW
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Federal Criminal Law (Fall 2019)
- Course Number: LAW-743
- Class Number: 03340
- Instructor: Paul G. Stern
This once-a-week seminar focuses on current topics in federal criminal practice.
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.
Class Participation – 25%
Active class participation is expected, encouraged, and important. Your grade will be based on the overall quality of your class participation. For each assigned reading or for a portion of an assigned reading, a student will be “on call” (i.e., required to know and to be able to discuss the pertinent facts and the holdings).
3 Long Assignments – 75% (5-7 pages) – Due Weeks 6, 10, and 14
Descriptions of the Long Assignments and all the necessary materials to complete them will be handed out in Weeks 4, 8, and 13, respectively.
- Unit Value: 2
- Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
- Schedule: T 6:00 pm - 7:50 pm
- Room Number: Room 118/120
- Exam: No exam; Assignments
- Writing Requirement: No
- Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: yes
- Participation: Required and graded
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