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Criminal Law (Ferzan)

Spring 2023   LAW 503-002  

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Kimberly Kessler Ferzan

Earle Hepburn Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy; Co-Director, Institute of Law & Philosophy

Additional Information

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Other Professional Skills:

100% Exam

Multiple Choice,
Short Answer,
In Class,

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement



Class meets in person.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- Class sessions are regularly recorded. If you are absent due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can send you an email with instructions for accessing the recording for the class session(s) you missed.

Meeting Times/Location
MTR 10:30AM - 11:45AM
Silverman Hall 240B



This course will examine the criminal law as a device for defining and controlling harmful behavior. Attention is given to the theoretical justifications for and the effectiveness of punishment, the foundations of culpability, the basic principles of criminal liability, and the definition of offenses and defenses. Attendance and preparation are required.

Course Concentrations

Criminal Law and Procedure Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of criminal law and procedure; Perform legal analysis in the context of criminal law and procedure; Communicate effectively on topics related to criminal law and procedure; Demonstrate an understanding of the role criminal law and procedure play in society and their impact on other areas of law and society.


"Criminal Law and Its Processes: Cases and Materials" by Sanford H. Kadish (late), Stephen Schulhofer, Rachel E. Barkow
Edition: 11th
Publisher: Aspen Pub
ISBN: 9781543810776

"Understanding Criminal Law" by Dressler
Edition: 9th (2022)
Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
ISBN: 9781531021726