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Fall 2013
Apr 27, 2015
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LAW 622DD - Advanced Research Skills: Criminal Law and Procedure
Building on the skills learned in the first-year Legal Skills program, this course focuses on state and federal resources in criminal law and procedure and uses criminal law problems and current issues in assignments and projects. Students will explore a variety of specialized, print research materials as well as electronic, low cost, and free online resources in criminal law and procedure. Lecture topics include discussion of federal and state-related resources (with an emphasis on New York State), legislative and administrative materials (including proposed rules and pending legislation), practice materials (including those related to police practices, pre-trial and trial procedures, evidence and disclosure, sentencing, grand jury practice, and more), investigative resources, and cross-disciplinary criminal materials (including immigration, diplomatic immunity, and comparative and international criminal law). Special attention will be given to the precedential value of primary sources (state v. federal) and the importance of secondary authority. While it is an advanced course, basic research and citation skills will be strengthened and New York State court citation will be introduced. Lecture topics will be reinforced by daily hands-on research assignments and students will benefit from immediate feedback on those assignments. Students will learn how to keep up- to-date on current issues in criminal law and have the opportunity to publish on the Pace Criminal Justice Blog. The final project is an annotated research guide approximately 10-12 pages long. Enrollment is limited to 12 students. This class will run for 6 days starting on Thursday, January 2, 2014 through Friday, January 3, 2014 and Monday, January 6, 2014 through Thursday, January 9, 2014. Meeting time on Thursday (1/2) will be 1:00-4:00 PM. Meeting times on all other days will be 10:00AM-12:00PM and 1:00PM-3:00PM. Attendance is mandatory for all sessions. Any potential make-up classes will be scheduled on Friday, January 10, 2014.
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Law-JD, Law-LLM, Law-SJD
Schedule Types: Skills Development

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