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233.1 sec. 001 - Role of the Lawyer in Corporate Criminal Investigations (Spring 2024)

Instructor: Timothy Perry  
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


W 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 140
From January 10, 2024
To April 17, 2024

Course Start: January 10, 2024
Course End: April 17, 2024
Class Number: 33568

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 20
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 24
As of: 04/13 11:56 PM

The practice of investigations is a growth area in the law. Investigations are the primary way government agencies and corporations establish whether wrongdoing has occurred, and whether policy changes are needed. While these investigations often occur outside the public domain, they are increasingly the subject of news coverage and public scrutiny.

This course will explore how government agencies investigate corporations, and how those corporations respond -- including by investigating themselves. This course is structured to simulate an actual investigation, in which students practice the key components of an internal corporate investigation: presenting to a board of directors; planning a search for documents; interviewing witnesses; and convincing a government agency not to take action, despite the misdeeds their clients may have committed.

Through this course, students will hone practical skills relevant to a range of practice areas. Students interested in criminal defense will learn the fundamentals of client-sensitive fact-finding. Students who wish to become prosecutors will better learn the tools of the prosecutorial and regulatory enforcement trades. Students interested in public policy will explore how government agencies, such as the Department of Justice, State Attorneys General, or Congress, can use investigations to bring about wider social change. Students who seek a career in transactional work will better understand the sometimes fraught dynamics between a corporate board, its committees, executive officers, and shareholders when prosecutors and regulators start asking the hard questions.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This class may be counted as either an Option 1 class (two Option 1 classes satisfy the J.D. writing requirement) or units from this class may count toward the J.D. Experiential Requirement. This class may count for both requirements if and only if a student is electing Option 1 and the student's other Option 1 class being used to satisfy the J.D. writing requirement is not being counted towards any other requirement.

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Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Criminal Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Litigation and Procedure

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