Courses

Gerald Shargel

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Areas of Expertise
Education

Criminal Law: Current Events

This course will probe current topics and events in Criminal Law. Each week, students will receive an email with a topic and an assignment for the week. The assignment may relate to a pending case, proposed or enacted legislation or perhaps a recent reported speech on substantive or procedural changes or developments in criminal law. Students will be required to discuss each week's issue at that week's class.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. The grade in the course will be based 50% on the quality of class participation. A paper is required.

Criminal Procedure I

Prerequisites: Criminal Law and Constitutional Law

This course explores the investigative phase of a criminal proceeding focusing on the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights of criminal suspects. Topics covered include arrest, search and seizure, electronic surveillance, interrogations and confessions, line-ups and other pre-trial identification procedures, right to counsel, doctrines governing application of constitutionally based exclusionary rules (standing, retroactivity, harmless error and the "fruit of the poisonous tree" doctrine) and motions to suppress evidence.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.

Criminal Procedure II

Prerequisites: Criminal Law and Constitutional Law

This course examines the manner in which a criminal proceeding is initiated and the conduct of a criminal case in court. Topics covered include right to counsel, arraignment and preliminary hearings, commitment or release on bail or recognizance, the grand jury, discovery and disclosure, plea bargaining, defendant's right to a speedy trial, jury selection, joinder and double jeopardy. Particular attention is given to the role and ethical obligations of prosecutors and defense counsel.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.

Evidence

This course presents a comprehensive overview of evidence law, including relevancy, documentary evidence, hearsay, competency of witnesses, examination and impeachment of witnesses, privilege, presumptions and burdens of proof. Class discussion will be based on the Federal Rules of Evidence, cases, problems and films.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.

Psychiatry and Criminal Law

This course examines the interplay between psychiatry and the criminal justice system, and the relationship between mental illness and criminal conduct. Topics of discussion will include the insanity defense, competency to stand trial, false confessions, posttraumatic stress disorder, amnesia, malingering, personality disorders and substance abuse. Throughout the semester, a number of renowned forensic psychiatrists, including Stuart Klienman, M.D, will join the class as guest speakers.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Students may write a paper in lieu of the exam.

Trial Advocacy

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all required basic courses and Evidence

Students study the basic components of trials and learn fundamental advocacy skills while performing certain aspects of the trial of a simulated case in class. All students conduct direct and cross-examination, deliver a summation and/or opening statement, and introduce and use items of demonstrative and physical evidence. Faculty members who are often judges and experienced trial lawyers provide personal feedback. The semester concludes with a full trial in which every student participates.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Students graded on in-class simulations and mock trial.