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This course is a generic study of criminal law in the United States, and does not cover any specific federal or state law. Topics include principles of criminal law, principles of criminal liability, complicity, inchoate crimes, defenses, justifications, excuses, crimes against persons, crimes against property, and crimes against public order. (no prerequisites)


Ch.1 – Introduction to Criminal Law
Ch.2 – Fundamentals of Criminal Law
Ch.3 – Limits of Criminal Law
Ch.4 – Principles of Criminal Liability
Ch.5 – Accomplice Law
Ch.6 – Inchoate Offenses
Ch.7 – Defenses to Crime
Ch.8 – Law of Homicide
Ch.9 – Advanced topics in the law of homicide: Intention
Ch.10 – Assault, Battery and Other Crimes Against Persons
Ch.11 – Crimes Against Habitation
Ch.12 – Crimes against Property: Theft and Modern Larceny Law
Ch.13 – Crimes against Public Order and Morals
Ch.14 – Crimes against the Government
Ch.15 – Crimes by the Government


1. To understand key cases, legal terms, clauses, and chronologies in criminal law
2. To understand the criminal elements of crimes against person, property, order, and state
3. To examine the historical evolution of criminal law maxims, doctrines, and principles
4. To analyze both early and contemporary judicial thinking and legal reasoning
5. To articulate informed opinion over important, controversial issues in criminal law
6. To recognize important considerations dealing with the rights of criminal defendants
7. To appreciate the scholarly study of law and its application