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Fall 2019
LAW320  A  SUBSTANTIVE CRIMINAL LAW

Course Description
This course explores competing theories as to why people are punished as well as the substantive limits of the Criminal sanction. For example: ”Should people be punished solely on the basis of what each individual deserves? “ Or should our criminal laws be organized around utilitarian principles in which individuals are sanctioned based on what makes society a safer place. Issue include “What is mens rea?” “ What is a “criminal act?’ What can be made a crime? Loitering and curfew laws will be explored. What does it mean to “cause” a crime? We will also cover both justification and defenses. Self-defense in the context of stand your ground laws will be thoroughly explored. We will also discuss a number of issues in the context of national security: the use of drones for assassination; the use of “waterboarding” to gather information.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-12-2019 - 11-21-2019   TR  2:00 PM-3:20 PM F108

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite:
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Grades will be based on a final exam and in part on role-playing exercises.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
General
Special Attributes:
Bar Course
Course Delivery:

Special Restrictions: Pass fail available with permission of instructor
Law Track(s):
Criminal Law - Basic
Bar Subject(s):
FLORIDA
MBE
Concentration(s):
Immigration, Asylum, and Citizenship Law Area of Focus (Area of Focus)   More information
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
Yes  
  • Textbook Name: Criminal Law: Cases and Materials
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Kaplan, Weisburg, Binder
    Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
    Edition: Eighth Edition
    ISBN: 978-1454868217
      
  
First Class Assignment(s):

 
Professor(s)

JONES, DONALD


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: djones@law.miami.edu
Phone: (305)284-6314
Office: G475