Federal Criminal Law

Credits: 3.00
Faculty: Stacy Caplow

Prerequisite: Criminal Law

Federal criminal law is the creature of both Congress and the federal judiciary. Certain conduct is punishable under federal law either exclusively or in addition to state statutes. Modern federal statutes have moved beyond the protection of direct federal interests and have provided new levels of federal involvement in the definition and prosecution of criminal activities. This course examines substantive federal criminal legislation as well as certain procedural topics that frequently arise in the prosecution and defense of such crimes. After an overview of the bases of federal jurisdiction, the balance of the course will focus on both historical and modern criminal statutes such as mail fraud, racketeering, enterprise criminality, and selected regulatory offenses. The course also will inquire into some of the issues that arise in the investigation of such crime including grand jury subpoenas and privileges. The curriculum will conclude with an examination of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. Consideration of the roles of the prosecutor and of the defense attorney will permeate the semester. During the semester, students will be required to participate in some role plays and to attend some courtroom proceedings.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.