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Courses|College of Law

Criminal Procedure

Course Number: 6630
Professor: Darrell D. Jackson
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 3
Semester Offered: Fall
Required: No
Prerequisites: Students must have completed their first year of law school.
Recommended Courses: None

Course Overview: Often titled, Criminal Procedure: Investigation, this course examines the legal requirements for investigating crime and the constitutional rights of criminal suspects under the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the United States Constitution (mostly the Fourth). A majority of the focus will be on law enforcement practices and the constitutional principles by which criminal investigations can be conducted by law enforcement.

Major topics include search and seizure issues under the Fourth Amendment, the exclusionary rule, the privilege against self-incrimination, confessions, Miranda, identification of suspects, the right to counsel in interrogations and entrapment. Because this is a class with substantial discussion, the professor reserves the right to institute a laptop ban if class discussion becomes lagging. If that becomes the case, the professor will make an accommodation for students who have received an accommodation mandating use of laptops.

This course will teach bar materials for all major state jurisdictions and is recommended for those interested in criminal law, either on the prosecution or defense side.

Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum.
Course Format: Socratic dialogue and lecture.
Written Assignments: Several written assignments during semester.
Type of Exam: 3-hour final exam; part essay, part short answer.
Basis for Grading Student Performance: Final exam and written assignments.
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