Categories: Criminal Law
This course addresses the purposes and limits of the criminal law; the challenges of drafting and interpreting criminal legislation; and the key doctrines and principles applicable to criminal law.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
• Describe the basic legal standards that govern decision-making by prosecutors, judges, and juries in criminal cases.
• Identify the basic elements of a criminal statute.
• Apply statutes to new fact situations.
• Understand the primary Constitutional limits on the legislature’s ability to draft criminal statutes.
• Understand the ways in which criminal law has changed over time in response to changing public norms and institutional structures.
• Understand the operation of included offense statutes, and their effect on charging decisions and jury instructions.