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This class is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2021. The professor assignment or course offering may change. The course description and course information shown is from the last time this professor taught this course and is subject to change.
Spring 2021
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
None

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:
Online (all synchronous)
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): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None

 
Professor(s)

JONES, DONALD


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


This class is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2021. The professor assignment or course offering may change. The course description and course information shown is from the last time this professor taught this course and is subject to change.