Criminal Law



SLN #: 14668
Course Prefix: LAW-516
Course Section: 003
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor(s): Murphy

Course Description:
The nature and justification of punishment--why punish at all? what to punish? whom to punish? how and how much to punish? Basic doctrines of substantive criminal law: actus reus, mens rea, attempts, punishment for omissions, strict liability, justifications and excuses, homicide, death penalty. NOTE WELL: Because the instructor prefers having eye contact with students rather than viewing the tops of the heads of stenographers, LAP TOP USE WILL BE BANNED IN THE CLASS. This is a small enrollment section that will involve learning through interactive conversation--something inhibited by lap top use. The purpose of the class is to assist students in learning how to think and reason about legal issues as revealed in legal materials. Information about doctrine is also important, but this information is better conveyed through the excellent text that is assigned to accompany the case book rather than through listening and taking extensive notes on such matters during class.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 3
Grading Option: Letter Grade Only
Written Assignment: NONE
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Prerequisite: NONE
Special Withdrawal Course: NO
Limited Enrollment Number: LIMITED TO NUMBER OF SEATS IN LAW 115
Final Exam Given: Yes
Final Exam Type: In-Class
Mid Term or Other Exam: PRACTICE EXAM (NO CREDIT)
Paper or In-Class Presentation: NO
Participation Points: YES
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: ATTENDANCE REQUIRED. CONSULT LAW SCHOOL POLICIES WITH RESPECT TO FORCED WITHDRAWAL FOR POOR ATTENDANCE
Online Course Site: Blackboard