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Spring 2013
5303 Criminal Law - HAMILTON- 12978

Professor(s): Melissa Hamilton (VISITING SCHOLAR)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section C 

Time: 10:30a-12:00p  TTh  Location: 240  TU2

Course Outline: Permit students to become familiar with the general elements of a crime, common defenses to criminal liability, inchoate crimes, and of the specific offenses relating to homicide. In addition, students will practice their statutory interpretation skills, consider the modern uses of common law, and hone argumentation strategies.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus pdf

Course Notes: Visiting Professor - Melissa Hamilton  


First Day Assignments: First Week Assignments for Criminal Law, Section C:

Welcome to Criminal Law. These are the readings and comments for the first week of classes.

Jan. 15: Introduction; Pages 1-18; MPC Sections 1.02(1); 1.12(1)

Jan. 17: Principle of Legality; Pages 92-105; 247-254; MPC Sections 1.05; 210.0(1)

*Notes carry important material and are required reading.

The MPC refers to the Model Penal Code and it is reprinted starting on page 937 of the assigned casebook. In this week’s reading, consider the relationships--at times overlapping and at other times conflicting--between common law, modern statutes, and the MPC. All three retain current importance in Criminal Law. Please bring your casebooks to class as we often refer to specific passages in the day’s reading.

Final Exam Schedule: 05/02 9am-noon  240 TU2  215 TU2  

This course will have:

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

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