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Fall 2021
6348 Texas Criminal Procedure - SECREST- 27103

Professor(s): George Secrest (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Constitutional and Criminal Law 
Procedure and Practice

Time: 7:30p-9:00p  TTH  Location: 211  TUII

Course Outline: Procedural issues arising in Texas criminal practice are explored with emphasis placed on the Code of Criminal Procedure and case law interpretation of its provisions. Where applicable, a comparative approach is utilized to introduce the student to the Code's federal counterparts in an effort to compare and contrast the two regimes. Practical and strategic considerations are discussed from the perspective of both the prosecutor and defense counsel. This course is considered by the instructor to be an advanced class and is aimed at introducing future criminal law practitioners to the reality of the criminal justice system in the State of Texas. A solid background in evidence, criminal procedure, and constitutional law is highly recommended.

Students should be prepared to cover 40 pages of material per class. In addition, outside reading assignments will be given from time to time. (The law in this area changes every Wednesday, when the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals hands down its latest decisions.) The Socratic method is employed. Students will be required to stand when called on and will be expected to fully answer questions concerning case law materials. A willingness to respectfully disagree with a proposition of law and/or see the other side of an argument is strongly encouraged; this being a hallmark of a robust and healthy advocacy.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus revised 8/13/21

Course Notes:   Whether this course will be distance education, or will have a physical room assigned, and if so the extent to which the instructor might use the room during the semester, is not determined at the time when registration initially opens for this course.  You may see contrary indications in the UH systems where you actually register for the course.  In other words, this course might be distance education with no use of a physical classroom. It might be the “HyFlex” mode in which some Law Center courses used a physical room during 2020-21. As we get closer to the start of the term/semester for this course, this course note will be updated as decisions are determined. The instructors will be involved in those decisions, but decisions about modalities may not be invariant throughout the term/semester or between now and when the course starts.

Adjunct Professor Mac Secrest’s professional bio can be found here:


First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: 12/11 9am-12pm  209 BLB    

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)

Course Materials (4/5/2021 10:35:47 PM)

Book(s) Required

ISBN: 978-1539210665