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Cybercrime (Levy)
Spring 2020   LAW 958-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
R 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Silverman Hall 270

Faculty
Michael Levy

Adjunct Professor of Law

mikel31556@gmail.com
Additional Information

Skills Training
Expository Writing

Grading
10% Participation,
90% Paper,
Other (There are 2 papers. Each is worth 45% of the grade. )

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

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:

- I do not generally record the class because I think that in a small group the discussion is important. However, if you become ill and notify me before 3 PM, I can arrange to record the class.

Category
Seminar

Credits
3.0

This course studies the legal issues raised by computer-related crimes and by the need to gather evidence in digital format in many types of cases. It considers three main questions: First, what conduct involving a computer is a crime? Second, what law governs the collection of electronic evidence in criminal investigations? And third, which governments have jurisdiction over the investigation and prosecution of computer crimes? Topics covered include the computer hacking statutes; Internet fraud crimes; theft of trade secrets; criminal copyright offenses; Internet threats; child pornography laws and online undercover investigations; the Fourth Amendment in cyberspace; the Electronic Communications Privacy Act; Internet surveillance law; international computer crime investigations; the role of federalism in computer crime cases; and the intersection of computer crimes and national security surveillance.

This course is fundamentally about criminal law as it applies to computers and computer networks. It is not a technology course. While a knowledge of computers and computer networks can be a plus, it is not a prerequisite. Most students who have taken the course previously had no specialized training in the technology.

A basic course in United States criminal law and criminal procedure (one that covered the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution) is needed to understand much of the material.

This is largely a discussion class. For that reason, attendance is mandatory. This is a small class and the absence of even one person affects the quality of discussion. Mandatory attendance means that you need a good excuse not to attend.

Course Concentrations

Constitutional Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of constitutional law; Perform legal analysis in the context of constitutional law; Communicate effectively on topics related to constitutional law; Demonstrate an understanding of constitutional law affects other areas of law.

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.

Intellectual Property and Technology Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of intellectual property law; Perform legal analysis in the context of intellectual property law; Communicate effectively on topics related to intellectual property; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection between technology and intellectual property, and how they affect other areas of law and society.


Textbooks

"Computer Crime Law" by Orin Kerr
Edition: 4th Edition
Publisher: West Law
ISBN: 9781634598996
Required

"Computer Crime Law, 2020 Caselaw and Statutory Supplement" by Orin Kerr
Edition: 2020 (12/23/2019)
Publisher: West Law
ISBN: 9781684679263
Required