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Spring 2014
5303 Criminal Law - DRESSLER- 12645

Professor(s): Joshua Dressler (DEPARTED)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section C 

Time: 10:30a-12:00p  MW  Location: BLB-240 

Course Outline: Criminal Law cover/s the moral and penological principles underlying the definition of a crime, such as the requirements of actus reus and mens rea, and general doctrines such as mistakes of fact and law, and causation. The course also considers inchoate offenses, such as criminal attempts and conspiracy, as well as doctrines of complicity. The course also considers full and partial defenses to crimes, such as self-defense, provocation, and insanity. In considering the process of translating these principles into law, specific offenses, such as criminal homicide and rape, and their development through the common law and modern statutes, are studied in detail.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: Visiting Professor Joshua Dressler  


First Day Assignments: 1. Please register for the class on The West Educational Network (TWEN) before the first day of class. You will find various handouts.

2. Read pp. 1-13 of the Dressler-Garvey casebook.

3. Also look at Model Penal Code section 1.12(1) in the Appendix to the casebook.

4. Read Section 1.02[C] of the Dressler treatise UNDERSTANDING CRIMINAL LAW

Final Exam Schedule: 04/30 9am-Noon  144 TU2  119 TU2  

This course will have:

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

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