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Criminal Procedure: Prosecution and Adjudication (Bibas)

Spring 2024   LAW 748-001  

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Additional Information

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Team Projects
Drafting Legal Documents
Expository Writing
Other Professional Skills:

100% Exam,
Other (Class participation can raise borderline grades. Students have the option of taking an oral midterm; those students whose midterm scores are better than their final-exam scores will have the midterm counted for 25% of the grade (so it can only help their grades).)

Take Home,

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

With Permission of Instructor


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:

- When you are better, please make an appointment to meet with me and I will review/answer questions about what you missed.

Meeting Times/Location
TR 3:00PM - 4:20PM
Silverman Hall 280



Criminal Procedure:Prosecution and Adjudication will focus on how cases move through the criminal justice system. The goal of this course is to give students a deeper understanding of the criminal procedure framework and the rules, concepts, theories and real world challenges this framework presents in the larger criminal justice system. Students will gain insight into the responsibilities, and practical challenges of key players: the defendant, the prosecutor, defense counsel, and judge. We will consider the strategies and tactics of prosecutors and defense counsel and how those strategies and tactics affect how a case moves through the system and its ultimate disposition. Topics will include the right to counsel, bail/pre-trial release and detention, charging, double jeopardy, forfeiture, discovery, guilty pleas / plea bargaining, sentencing, and appeals. Time permitting, there will also be selective coverage of jury trials and post-conviction/collateral review.

This course will be taught using a combination of presentations, class discussions and in-class student exercises. Students must also watch and reflect on at least two court proceedings at the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia.

This course will not overlap with Constitutional Criminal Procedure so those who have taken that course should feel free to take this one as well. Please note that the Constitutional Criminal Procedure course is NOT a prerequisite for this course.

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.


"Criminal Procedures: Prosecution and Adjudication: Cases, Statutes, and Executive Materials" by Marc L. Miller & Ronald F. Wright
Edition: 7e
Publisher: Aspen Pub
ISBN: 9781543859140

"Plea Bargaining: The Experience of Prosecutors, Judges, and Defense Attorneys" by Milton Heumann
Publisher: UCP

"Examples & Explanations for Criminal Procedure II: From Bail to Jail (Examples & Explanations Series" by Richard G. Singer & Kenneth Williams
Edition: 5e
Publisher: Aspen Pub
ISBN: 9781543846195