Current Topics in Criminal Justice

Law 508



Rigorous Writing Experience (RWE)



The criminal justice system is the source of countless movies, television shows, and media reports. Not only is the American public intrigued by true crime stories, but crime has also played a pivotal role in American politics. This course examines a series of current events and perennial topics in the criminal justice system. Using readings from both popular media and academic literature, the course pushes students to look beyond conventional wisdom about crime and justice and to appreciate the complex causes of and problems resulting from crime. Students will also be expected to write a seminar paper that will fulfill the RWE requirement. In preparation for that paper, students will be asked to complete a number of writing and editing exercises.

This course will address in-depth issues that are often mentioned in passing in criminal law and criminal procedure investigation courses.

Criminal Procedure: Investigation.
Criminal Procedure: Adjudication is strongly recommended but not required.

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