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230.9 sec. 001 - Where Civil and Criminal Laws Collide (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Jed Saul Rakoff  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Th 6:25 PM - 9:15 PM
Location: Law 170
On 2023-03-02

F 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Law 170
On 2023-03-03

F 2:10 PM - 5:10 PM
Location: Law 170
On 2023-03-03

Sa 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Law 170
On 2023-03-04

Sa 2:10 PM - 5:10 PM
Location: Law 170
On 2023-03-04

Course Start: March 02, 2023
Course End: March 04, 2023
Class Number: 32312

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 29
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 50
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

This is a course about how, in reality, civil and criminal laws, theoretically distinct, not only frequently overlap, but also sometimes collide, in their application to common legal disputes. For example, civil juries are routinely asked to award quasi-criminal punitive damages, while sentencing judges are frequently required to impose civil remedies such as restitution. Corporations can be indicted criminally even though they face only monetary sanctions, while individuals can be sent to jail for civil contempt of court or for civil violations of criminal probationary terms. Moreover, litigators frequently find that their clients' difficulties require them to defend criminal prosecutions, regulatory proceedings, and private actions all at once. And the Supreme Court, for its part, has found it impossible to clearly define when a proceeding is civil or criminal. In short, this is a course about how the law really works in practice, as opposed to theory.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

No prerequisites.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Exam Length: 3 hours
Course Category: Criminal Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Litigation and Procedure

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