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Fall 2023 Seminar

The American Prosecutor

Prerequisite: None

Exam Type: No Exam

Prosecutors are dominant actors in the U.S. criminal legal system. This course centers on the role of the prosecutor and draws upon both theoretical scholarship and empirical studies. It puts theoretical criticism of prosecutorial discretion in conversation with empirical evidence of prosecutors’ impacts, in addition to discussing relevant doctrine. Finally, this course reflects on the rise of the progressive prosecutor movement and other recent calls to reform prosecutor practices. Students will write a series of short reaction papers.