Spring 2018
5303 Criminal Law - THOMPSON- 11792

Professor(s): Sandra Thompson (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section A 

Time: 9:00a-10:30a  MWLocation: 144  TUII

Course Outline: This substantive criminal law course aims to provide you with four basic competencies to equip you to practice criminal law, and these skills will serve you well as lawyers in whatever field you may choose. First, the course will familiarize you with blackletter criminal law. A second area of competency this course will provide is the skill of statutory analysis. Third, this course will prepare you to address the most fundamental ethical and philosophical issues regarding the punishment of human beings for wrong doing. A fourth thing this course will do is to introduce you to some of the practice skills you will need to handle criminal law cases as a lawyer.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus updated 3/6/18

Course Notes:   


First Day Assignments: Due before 1/17 by email or by hardcopy submitted in class. Please submit a 1-page
discussion of how you, as a judge in New York, would sentence Shelley Grant. Explain
your reasons and what goals you hope to accomplish by imposing the sentence on her.
This is a mandatory, albeit ungraded, assignment. It cannot help your grade, but the
failure to show a good faith effort in completing the assignment in a timely and good
faith manner will negatively impact your final grade.

Final Exam Schedule: 05/07 9am-12pm  240 BLB  209 BLB  

This course will have:

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

Experiential Course Type: no

Bar Course: Yes

Course Materials (11/9/2017 11:00:17 AM)

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: Joshua Dressler & Stephen Garvey, Cases & Materials on Criminal Law (7th edition)