This course is designed for students with an interest in the practice of criminal law. Specifically, this course will cover the major pretrial phases of criminal litigation. The course has three major components, all of which focus on the pretrial phase of the criminal practice. First, the course will offer in-class instruction regarding the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and federal statutes governing a criminal case including initial appearances, discovery and investigation, up to the point of jury selection. Second, the course will provide opportunities for the development of litigation skills by allowing the students to prepare and argue motions for various stages of pretrial litigation in a moot court setting. These will include motions for discovery, motions to dismiss, and motions to suppress. Third, the course will incorporate an experiential component in which the students will be afforded the opportunity to attend federal court hearings covering aspects of the pretrial phase of criminal litigation and will expected to attend one pretrial motion hearing in a real criminal case in federal court. A series of in-class exercises will be videotaped to be reviewed individually afterwards. These include bail hearings, plea negotiations & client interviewing, and motions hearings.
Criminal Law and Procedure;