Criminal Sentencing Seminar & Workshop

SLN #: 71202
Course Prefix: LAW-791
Course Section: 004
Credit Hours: 2
Instructor(s): Popko

Course Description:
This class includes a mandatory workshop which will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018 from approximately 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. Students MUST commit to attending the workshop to enroll in this course.

This course has two distinct components: a seminar and the sentencing workshop. The seminar will meet once a week. It will cover issues in sentencing theory and policy, including theories of punishment, aggravating and mitigating sentencing factors, mandatory minimum sentences, and the Supreme Court’s Sixth Amendment sentencing cases. Each student will complete one paper, at least 15 pages in length. Students will select a topic either from among those provided by the professor or their own topic with the professor’s prior approval. Students will also be required to create discussion questions for a number of seminar meetings and to lead at least one class discussion during the semester. Attendance and class participation are mandatory.

The sentencing workshop will meet all day on Friday, November 16, 2018. Workshop participants will include all students enrolled in the seminar and five or six sitting Maricopa County Superior Court judges. In preparation for the workshop, students will read materials from selected criminal cases and prepare memoranda describing their views on appropriate sentences in those cases. Students MUST commit to attending the workshop to enroll in this course. DO NOT enroll in this course if you cannot attend the November 16 day-long workshop.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 2
Grading Option: Letter Grade Only
Written Assignment: Yes
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: Yes
Skills Requirement: No
Experiential Learning: No
Prerequisite: Criminal procedure is highly recommended. Advanced Criminal Procedure is also recommended.
Special Withdrawal Course: No
Limited Enrollment Number: 15
Final Exam Given: No
Mid Term Or Other Exam: No
Paper Or In-Class Presentation: Yes
Attendance Policy: Per Statement Of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Yes, see course description

* The law school has a policy that Is used To calculate credit hours. Please see the Statement of Student Policies.