6348 Texas Criminal Procedure - SECREST- 24760
George Secrest (ADJUNCT)
Course Areas: Constitutional and Criminal Law
Procedure and Practice
Time: 6:00p-7:30p TTh Location: 209 BLB
Course Outline: Procedural issues arising in Texas criminal practice are explored with emphasis placed on the Code of Criminal Procedure and case law interpretation of its provisions. Where applicable, a comparative approach is utilized to introduce the student to the Code's federal counterparts in an effort to compare and contrast the two regimes. Practical and strategic considerations are discussed from the perspective of both the prosecutor and defense counsel. This course is considered by the instructor to be an advanced class and is aimed at introducing future criminal law practitioners to the reality of the criminal justice system in the State of Texas. A solid background in evidence, criminal procedure, and constitutional law is highly recommended.
Students should be prepared to cover 40 pages of material per class. In addition, outside reading assignments will be given from time to time. (The law in this area changes every Wednesday, when the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals hands down its latest decisions.) The Socratic method is employed. Students will be required to stand when called on and will be expected to fully answer questions concerning case law materials. A willingness to respectfully disagree with a proposition of law and/or see the other side of an argument is strongly encouraged; this being a hallmark of a robust and healthy advocacy.
Course Syllabus: Syllabus pdf
First Day Assignments:
Final Exam Schedule: 12/17 6-9pm 211 TU2
This course will have:
Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No