Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Criminal Law Practice (SCALE II)



Building upon first year concepts, including those covered in Evidence, Criminal Procedure, and Criminal Law, students will study criminal case law and statutes, with a focus on federal law in general and white collar crime in particular. Students will also study various procedural aspects of criminal investigations, such as Fifth Amendment and grand jury issues. Finally, students will also cover some basic common law principles, such as inchoate offenses and theft crimes. Students will complete oral simulations of proceedings that occur during criminal investigations and prosecutions. Such simulations may include motions to dismiss, appellate arguments, closing arguments, direct examinations, and cross-examinations. The final examination will include a performance problem that simulates a written assignment that would occur in criminal practice, such as a motion to dismiss or a bench brief or a research memorandum.