Course Description

LAW 503 - Current Topics in Criminal Law

This course will investigate the legal and policy implications of current topics in criminal law and procedure, including: civil asset forfeiture, opioid abuse, marijuana legalization, mens rea reform, progressive prosecution, money bail, juvenile justice reform, and and penal disenfranchisement. Students will learn to identify and understand the complexities of these issues—including the federal-state relationship in criminal policy, the real world impact of current and proposed practices, the importance of money to criminal justice reforms, and the way in which these issues cause divisions between political allies—as well as to address the role that lawyers and other advocates play in shaping these laws and policies. In addition to relevant doctrine and statutory law, much of the reading for the course will be drawn from litigation materials, newspapers, and law review articles. Background in or familiarity with criminal procedure is recommended, but not a prerequisite.

Course Information:

Faculty Term Course Section Schedule Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Beth Colgan 19S 503 SEM 1 R 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 3.0 No No