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Criminal Law Courses

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​​​​​​​​Below you'll find Criminal Law courses available to students, including Constitutional Criminal Procedure, White Collar Crime, and more.​

Criminal Law Courses

7305/Advanced Criminal Law Seminar

This 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 will not only gain an in depth knowledge of regional, national and international alternative criminal justice approaches, they will also meet with and learn from leading alternative justice practitioners.

7313/Capital Punishment Seminar

This seminar examines capital punishment as a legal process, using interdisciplinary materials and theory, litigation documents including briefs and recordings of oral arguments, and appellate opinions.  The seminar also employs written narratives, movies, and popular cultural images and artifacts to explore this subject matter.

7262/Constitutional Criminal Procedure

This course explores the constitutional process by which the criminal law is brought to bear upon persons suspected of or charged with crimes, with comprehensive consideration of topics under the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

7350/Criminal Law Clinic

In this clinic students have the option of working either in the prosecution or in the defense of criminal law matters, under the supervision of experienced prosecutors and defense attorneys in Vermont.   All clinicians, regardless of assignment, meet together for a joint classroom component.

7307/Criminal Practice and Procedure

Skills-based course  focused on the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th amendments to the U.S. Constitution and the corresponding sections of the Vermont and New Hampshire Constitutions.  This course will give students the opportunity to develop insight into the theoretical underpinnings of constitutional criminal law and procedure while at the same time learning the practical application of theory to practice.

7901/Criminal Topics

Classes offered under this designation explore special areas of interest, including newly developing areas of law, or specialties of visiting faculty and fellows. Students should consult registration information specific information on classes presented under this title.

7319/Juvenile Justice Seminar

Explores the historical and current administration of juvenile justice in the US, including the legal and policy justifications for having a separate system for young offenders, and whether this division continues to make sense today

7314/Narcotics Law and Politics Seminar

Explores the law and policy pertaining to criminalization of narcotics and other controlled substances.  Topics covered include: the federal Controlled Substances Act; federalism issues presented by state legalization; criminal procedure law implicated in narcotics enforcement; international drug enforcement regimes; sentencing policy, and critiques of narcotics prohibition policy.

7304/Sex Crimes Seminar

Covers a broad range of sex crimes, incorporating historical, legal, cultural, public policy and theoretical approaches. Topics addressed include: rape and sexual assault law; victims' issues; domestic violence and intimate partner rape; child sexual abuse; human trafficking; sex offender registration requirements; sexting and statutory rape, and other topics.

7318/White Collar Crime

White Collar Crime balances black letter law with current, high-profile examples of corporate felonies and fiascos. Topics include: conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, securities fraud, perjury, obstruction of justice, RICO, tax fraud, money laundering, and environmental crimes. In addition, administrative investigations, grand jury investigations, pleas, trials and sentencing will be covered.