Last offered in 2010-2011
This course is part of the required first-year JD curriculum. It examines the traditional general issues in the substantive criminal law, including the purposes of punishment, the requirements of act and mental state, complicity, causation, justification, and excuse. It stresses the difficulty of converting moral judgments of blameworthiness and psychological questions about deterrence into coherent positive law, the relationship between statutory criminal law, and its common law and normative bases.
Instructors for this courseMariano-Florentino Cuéllar
Mark G. Kelman
Lawrence C. Marshall
David W. Mills