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Spring 2022
5303 Criminal Law - CRUMP- 14778

Professor(s): David Crump (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section C 

Time: 9:00a-10:30a  MW  Location: 144  TUII

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. 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

At this link, you will find the following items: 1) Syllabus, 2) Criminal Law Handout, 3) Texas Penal Code Excerpts for the course, 4) Criminal Law Outline, 5) Class PowerPoint Slides (.PDF), and 6) The Story of a Criminal Case book. Please contact Amanda Parker ( if you have trouble accessing files.

The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration in November, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through Jan. 5th, 2022, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. Instructors and students are expected to normally be physically present in the classroom. If the course has a final examination, it will be in a classroom requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid-term exam, may also be in a classroom. Whether this instructor will offer “remote presence” (starting a zoom meeting from the podium computer to enable student remote access on an occasional basis) for part or all of the semester is not known, but students should not rely on an expectation that remote presence will be available.


First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: 05/09 9am-12pm      

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 (Required Course)

Course Materials (10/18/2021 2:19:28 PM)

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: REQUIRED BOOKS (1) Crump et al., Criminal Law: Cases, Statutes & Lawyering Strategies 4th ed. 2020 (ISBN: 9781531018856). PLUS MATERIALS TO BE DISTRIBUTED ELECTRONICALLY

Additional materials will be made available to students electronically by start of semester.