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Fall 2020

Course Description
This course is the adjudication or "bail to jail" component of criminal procedure. Unlike Criminal Procedure Investigation, which primarily looks at constitutional limitations on police investigation, this course covers what happens after the arrest is made and the role of prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, and juries. We will be reading primarily U.S. Supreme Court decisions that focus on the Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments. Topics include: charging, right to counsel, grand juries and preliminary hearings, discovery, plea bargaining, the right to jury trial, and trial rights.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-17-2020 - 11-17-2020   W  2:00 PM-3:40 PM DL

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Method of Evaluation: Final exam
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Skills Requirement
Special Attributes:
Bar Course
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Criminal Law - Basic
Litigation - Specialized
Bar Subject(s):
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Area of Focus)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Criminal Procedure, Prosecuting Crime
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Dressler and Thomas
    Publisher: West Academic
    Edition: 6th edition
    ISBN: 978-1684670499
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: We will be using Dressler & Thomas, Criminal Procedure (6th Ed)* and the "Weekly Reader" (which can be found on Blackboard). As someone new to teaching online, I suspect we will be modifying as we go along, but I’ve been thinking extensively about how to enable you to get the most of the class by retaining an interactive component. My plan, therefore, at least to start with, is to have prerecorded lectures for each week (the combined time of which will be about one full class period). You will need to read the assignment and then watch the lectures by the time of our weekly class meeting on Wednesday from 2 - 3:20. For the live class meeting, I will begin by fielding any questions you might have on the readings or lectures. We will then move to breakout rooms where each group will have a discussion question to focus on that they then will report on to the entire class. *Note there is a new Seventh Edition, but to keep costs down we will use the 6th Edition. For our first class please watch the Lectures on (1) The Right to Counsel is Created; (2) Reining in the Right To Counsel and read through II.A. below: I. The Creation of the Right to Counsel, 1042-52 (Gideon) II. Reining in the Right A. What Types of crimes? pp. 1052-58 (Scott) And be prepared to talk about the Discussion questions for Week 1 that will be posted to Blackboard. (Please also read Class Policies posted on Blackboard).   



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-5848
Office: G279