This seminar is designed to give students a thorough introduction to sentencing law, policy and practice. It has two components-weekly seminars for the students and three monthly day and a half workshops involving the students and invited judges and criminal justice practitioners. The weekly seminar sessions focus on legal and policy dimensions of sentencing with special attention to North Carolina law. Attention is also paid to correctional programs. The workshops are intensive case discussions. To prepare for these workshops, all participants -- judges as well as students -- will be required to read the case studies, propose sentences for each case, and arrive prepared to discuss them. Through the case discussions, the complexities of sentencing and the underlying issues are illustrated and explored.
This is a practical course in which the focus is on the sentence to be imposed in actual criminal cases provided by judges. Third year students interested in pursuing a career in criminal law may find this course particularly attractive.
Mandatory: Criminal Law.
Recommended: Exposure to the issues and law covered in the basic criminal procedure courses (Criminal Procedure: Investigation, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication) is helpful but not required.