Course Description



This course explores federal “white collar” crime and criminal practice. It is divided into two sections: substantive white collar criminal law and criminal practice. The substantive portion of the course introduces students to statutes, cases and related materials that commonly are associated with white collar crimes, including fraud, corruption and graft, inhibiting investigations and money laundering. The course also will examine issues related to prosecutorial discretion and attorney ethics in the context of criminal practice.

The goal of the criminal practice portion of the course is for students to encounter situations that they are likely to see as licensed criminal practitioners. Students will engage in simulation exercises and draft written work product relating to the different stages of a criminal case, including investigations, grand jury practice, charging decisions, bail determinations, plea negotiations, representational issues and sentencing. Through these exercises, students will develop lawyering skills and values that will serve them in criminal practice and beyond. This course will qualify for skills credits.