Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Criminal Law Seminar: Basic Concepts Applied to Contemporary Cases

724C | 2.0 credits


This seminar provides an examination of issues and cases that relate to how and why a society defines behaviors as criminal, and how and why our society has come to establish and enforce a system of criminal justice. Subjects such as the basis of crime; problems posed by the concepts and act and omission, intention, and motive, causation, attempt, and harm; and the question of legal liability for criminal conduct including culpability, mental abnormality, and problems of excuse and justification for crime are considered in relation to contemporary cases.