Certificate(s): Public Interest and Social Justice Law (List C)
Course Description:Designed to provide an in-depth examination of how to litigate criminal cases in California for those pursuing a career in criminal defense or prosecution. Examining a criminal case beginning with an accused’s right to representation at a lineup and ending with counsel’s post trial responsibilities, course highlights special problems concerning admissibility of evidence, search and seizure issues, prosecutorial and judicial misconduct, ineffective assistance of counsel, jury selection, the death penalty, and the impact of the “Three Strikes You’re Out” law. Each student is required to prepare and participate in a series of trial problems and research, write, and argue two motions.
UP point eligible course. Subject to grade curve. Attendance is mandatory. Reading assignment for first class posted on ClaraNet. Professor does not allow taping of this class. This course covers the “bail to jail” portion of criminal procedure and includes subjects such as the right to counsel, double jeopardy, the right to a fair trial, the right to bail, plea bargains, the constitutional right to cross examination, the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment, and rights at sentencing and beyond. These are important topics that are tested on the California bar exam.