LAW 449

Business Crime

Business & Tax Law, Criminal Justice, Public Interest Law

This course provides an introduction to the field of business crime. We interrogate the key statutes governing organizational misconduct. Class time is dedicated to corruption (domestic and foreign), mail/wire fraud, money laundering, and corporate criminal liability. We also scrutinize the policy rationales for applying criminal law to individuals and firms in the business context and the justifications for the assertion of federal jurisdiction over conduct that is already criminalized by state statutes. Special attention is given to the relevant procedural, evidentiary, and ethical rules that influence the contemporary practice of federal government agencies and law firms in investigating and adjudicating business crime.

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