Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Seminar

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Upper-Level Writing
"W" Writing
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Limited Enrollment - 3rd Year Priority

Since September of 2001, numerous changes in criminal procedure and substantive criminal law, as well as new interpretations of existing statutes and doctrines in these areas, have begun to redefine criminal justice. This course will examine the intersection between criminal justice and homeland security by focusing students on some of the most important changes in the law since the terrorist attacks. We will study domestic law for the most part, including controversial provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, statutes prohibiting the material support of terrorism, electronic surveillance law, and the use of immigration powers, to name just a few. Another significant focus will be the use of coercive interrogation. The course will offer students an opportunity for intensive work in both written and oral advocacy.