Course Number: 6880
Professor: Diane Courselle
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 3
Semester Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Students must have completed their frist year of law school.
Recommended Courses: Evidence
Course Overview: A study of the post-investigative phase of the criminal process: from charging decisions through sentencing and appeals. Topics covered include: the decision to prosecute; bail and pretrial release; grand jury and preliminary hearing practice; criminal discovery; the role and responsibilities of defense counsel and of the prosecutor; jury-related issues, such as pretrial publicity, Batson, and deliberative secrecy; defendants rights to presence, confrontation, and to present a defense case; verdicts; sentencing; appeals and post-conviction proceedings. The coursework may include a few practical assignments, such as motion drafting, during the semester in addition to a final exam.
Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum.
Course Format: Lecture and practical exercises
Written Assignments: May include motion drafting and other practical written exercises.
Type of Exam: 1-1/2 hour final essay exam
Basis for Grading Student Performance: Final exam (50%); practical exercises (50%); in addition, students may be rewarded for outstanding class participation or penalized for repeated lack of preparation.