Intensive Criminal Law

The purpose of this offering is the development of skills required to effectively practice criminal law.  Students will be required to attend class and participate in simulated exercises. Particular emphasis will be given to procedure and practical resolution of criminal law cases.
Grading: Pass/Fail

Extended Course Description

COURSE CONTENT: The major objective is to introduce students to the procedural aspects of criminal law from the initial charge through to sentencing. The course is also concerned with the ways in which the values and principles governing criminal law are reflected in these procedures, as well as with the development of negotiation and advocacy skills transferable to all areas of general litigation.

The students will be given fact situations and through discussions and simulation exercises they will cover a number of aspects of the criminal law process.  These may include areas such as: direct examination, cross-examination, issues of admissibility of statements, bail applications, plea bargaining, speaking to sentence, effective written and oral communication techniques, ethical issues and/or how to manage client expectations.

TEACHING METHOD:  The course will be a weekly 3 hour session in 2nd term totaling 3 credits. A seminar format will be used with discussion and case presentation.

TERM WORK REQUIRED: Students will be expected to prepare for a number of practical exercises and present their work in class.  Attendance at seminars is compulsory.

MATERIALS: Pocket Criminal Code, Moot Problems, Additional Readings as assigned.

METHOD OF EVALUATION: There will be a number of assignments focusing on but not necessarily limited to in-class practical exercises.

ENROLLMENT: LIMITED TO 18.

INSTRUCTOR:  Serbin

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