Advanced Criminal Law Seminar



2016 Fall

About This Class

This seminar undertakes an intensive and comprehensive examination of the constitutional, legal, procedural, and public policy issues surrounding a topic in criminal law.  The specific topic varies from year to year and is detailed in the class description below.
For fall 2016 the seminar will focus on Alternative Criminal Justice Programs and Responses. Using a national template known as the Sequential Intercept Model, students will be introduced to evidence-based approaches and programs at every stage of the criminal justice system that provide effective alternatives to the traditional model from arrest through release from incarceration.  Students not only will gain an in-depth knowledge of regional, national, and international alternative criminal justice approaches, but they will also meet with and learn from leading alternative justice practitioners.
Students will submit a graded final project on a topic related to an alternative criminal justice program or response. This project may take the form of a traditional AWR or other substantial piece of writing, but it may also take a non-traditional form such as a PowerPoint or Prezi presentation, proposed legislative initiative, annotated op-ed or magazine piece, or podcast or other type of audio presentation.  The time commitment for this class will include individual meetings with the professor to review student projects and their progress as well as attendance at related conferences.  A field trip to a correctional facility will also be planned.  Vermont based proposals may be presented to the General Assembly in the spring. Although there are no prerequisites for this course, students will derive more benefit from the class if they have taken Criminal Practice or Criminal Procedure: Bail to Jail.

Class Code



Criminal Law