Course Description


Hon. Noel Hillman

Prerequisite: Criminal Law

The scope of federal criminal law has broadened significantly in recent years, with the result that a great number of traditionally state-law crimes may now be prosecuted federally.  This federalization of the criminal law raises a number of important legal and policy issues involving the proper role of the federal government.  At the same time, economic and political events have increased the importance of the federal criminal law as a tool to combat traditional federal offenses such as civil rights violations, financial crimes, and terrorism.  This course will examine both trends, with a particular focus on the appropriate relationship between federal and state criminal law.