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Fall 2017
6348 Texas Criminal Procedure - SECREST- 18274

Professor(s): George Secrest (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Constitutional and Criminal Law 
Procedure and Practice

Time: 6:00p-7:30p  TTH  Location: 215  TUII

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 revised 8/23/17

Course Notes:   Adjunct Professor Mac Secrest’s professional bio can be found here:


First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: 12/5 6 - 9PM  211 TU2    

This course will have:

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

Experiential Course Type:

Bar Course: Yes

Course Materials (4/7/2017 11:14:09 AM)

Book(s) Required

Books required will be Reamey, Texas Criminal Procedure, 12th ed.; Secrest, O’Connor’s Criminal Codes plus 2016-17.1