LAW 5646: Federal Criminal Practice - 2234

Federal Criminal Practice
Class Term:
Spring Term 2022-2023
Catalog Number:
Professor(s): Type:
2 (2 Contact, 0 Field)
General Enrollment Course
Full Year Course:
Standard Courses

Grading Details

Grades will be based on class participation and final exam.


This introductory course will provide an overview of federal criminal law from the perspectives of one or more attorneys with extensive experience in both the US Attorneys’ Office as well as the Federal Public Defenders’ Office . The course will develop and supplement students’ knowledge of substantive and procedural criminal law through the lens of how criminal prosecutions actually work in the federal context. Specific topics will include charging decisions, right to counsel, discovery, plea bargaining, and trial. Students will learn about the goals of prosecutors and defenders when approaching cases. This course is especially helpful for students who will have a federal judicial clerkship, and those who anticipate a career in litigation. There are no prerequisites.

This course has been flagged as a distance education course. This means this class is one in which students are separated from the faculty member or each other (other than specially accommodated students) for more than one-third of the instruction and the instruction involves the use of technology to support regular and substantive interaction among students and between the students and the faculty member, either synchronously or asynchronously.

This course is held on a specific day, at a specific time, on Zoom or using some other remote technology. The class never meets in person.

Federal Criminal Practice