Exam type: One-day take-home.
This course considers doctrinal principles and theories of substantive criminal law, including criminal responsibility, the significance of act, intent, causation and result, justification and excuse, and the rationales of punishment. We study illustrative crimes with particular attention to homicide and sex offenses. Other subjects include attempt, complicity, conspiracy, and prosecutorial and sentencing discretion. Throughout, we explore distributional effects of criminal law doctrine. Laptops cannot be used in class. Class participation is required.