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Fall 2021
LAW320  A  SUBSTANTIVE CRIMINAL LAW

Course Description
This course is an introduction to substantive criminal law. It examines the policies and practices of the U.S. system of crime and punishment and their effects on social order. The course covers general principles of criminal liability; common defenses, including self-defense and provocation; and specific crimes, primarily homicide and sexual assault. One of the goals of the course is to provide opportunities for students to engage in statutory interpretation, including key provisions of American Law Institute's Model Penal Code (MPC), the basis of many state criminal codes. Another course goal is the evaluation of social, cultural, and political forces at work in the development and evolution of the criminal law.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-23-2021 - 12-01-2021   TR  2:05 PM-3:20 PM DL

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite:
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Exam
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
General
Special Attributes:
Bar Course
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions:
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: Cases and Materials on Criminal Law
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Dressler & Garvey
    Publisher: West Academic
    Edition: 8th Edition
    ISBN: 978-1642427820
      
  
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Pages 1-29 in casebook (Dressler's Criminal Law, 8th ed.); excerpt from Lawrence v. Texas (attached pdf).

    Material:
    Casebook and attached pdf

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link:
    Blackboard
      

    Excerpt from Lawrence v. Texas (1).pdf

 
Professor(s)

FRANKS, MARY ANNE


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: mafranks@law.miami.edu
Phone: (305)284-5345
Office: G385