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Spring 2023
5303 Criminal Law - CRUMP- 11085

Professor(s): David Crump (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section B 

Time: 10:30a-12:00p  MW  Location: 220 

Course Outline: Criminal Law cover/s the moral and penological principles underlying the definition of a crime, such as the requirements of actus reus and mens rea, and general doctrines such as mistakes of fact and law, and causation. The course also considers inchoate offenses, such as criminal attempts and conspiracy. The course also considers full and partial defenses to crimes, such as self-defense, provocation, and insanity. In considering the process of translating these principles into law, specific offenses, such as criminal homicide and rape, and their development through the common law and modern statutes, are studied in detail.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Face-to-Face)   The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. For this instruction mode, instructors and students are expected to normally be physically present in the classroom. If the course has a final examination, it will be in a classroom requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid-term exam, may also be in a classroom. Whether this instructor will offer “remote presence” (starting a zoom meeting from the podium computer to enable student remote access on an occasional basis) for part or all of the semester is not known, but students should not rely on an expectation that remote presence will be available.

Syllabus
Handout
Tx Penal Code Excerpts
Outline
Class PPTs
Story of a Criminal Case
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Prerequisites:  

First Day Assignments: Please see Class 1 on the Syllabus for your first class assignment.

Final Exam Schedule: 05/05 9am-12pm      

This course will have:
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Paper:


Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: No (no more than 1/3 of the class sessions have the instructor separated from all students via technology)

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Required Course)

Course Materials

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: REQUIRED BOOKS (1) Crump et al., Criminal Law: Cases, Statutes & Lawyering Strategies 4th ed. 2020 (ISBN: 9781531018856). PLUS MATERIALS TO BE DISTRIBUTED ELECTRONICALLY

Additional materials will be made available to students electronically by start of semester.