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Criminal Law (Mayson)

Spring 2023   LAW 503-005  

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Faculty
Sandra Mayson

Professor of Law

sgmayson@law.upenn.edu
Additional Information

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Other Professional Skills:

Grading
100% Exam,
Other (Final exam grade may be adjusted up for consistently excellent performance in class.)

Exam
Multiple Choice,
Essay,
In Class,
Partial Open Book (Students may bring the casebook, their class notes, and an outline they prepared or helped to prepare.)

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

Location

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. I will make these recordings routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

Meeting Times/Location
R 10:30AM - 11:45AM
Silverman Hall 240A
MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Silverman Hall 240A

Category
First-Year

Credits
4.0

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.

Course Concentrations

Courts and the Judicial System Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of both substantive and procedural issues in the operation of our legal system; Perform legal analysis in the context of procedural issues and the judicial process; Communicate effectively on topics related to procedure and the judicial process; Demonstrate an understanding of how procedural issues and the judicial process affect all other area of our legal system.

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.


Textbooks

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

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