Course Description



This course is an advanced course in criminal law, using the vehicle of comparison (mostly to German and British law) to get critical distance on basic concepts and practices in the criminal law. Students who successfully complete this course should have a deeper appreciation for how American Criminal law works, an appreciation of its strengths, its weaknesses, and the particular choices that have been made to make it what it is. The course is also a writing intensive course. Students who complete the course will write a total of at least 6000 words, not counting footnotes, and will receive written feedback on their writing throughout the semester. There will be no exam; the grade for each student will reflect her writing and participation.