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Criminal Law: Legal Theory and Practice (6)

This six-credit first year spring semester course combines the basic Criminal Law course (three credits) with legal practice (three credits). Professor Millemann will use the legal work to help students to understand and evaluate criminal law, and conversely, use the criminal law principles, rules, and theories to help students understand and evaluate practice.

First year students will work on actual cases, helping to interview clients, conduct factual investigations, and prepare legal memoranda and/or other legal pleadings. They will work under the supervision of Professor Millemann and cooperating lawyers. Although first year students will not be eligible to practice in court under the Maryland student practice rule, they will work as part of a team that is responsible for the representation of the client.

Professor Millemann has practiced law for 45 years and taught for 40 years, including many clinical courses. He and his clinical students have represented criminal defendants in the full range of cases, from misdemeanors through death penalty proceedings. They also have helped to prosecute child-abuse cases.

Students will spend roughly three hours a week in classes devoted to criminal law (taught with seminar-style, lecture, Socratic and role-playing methodologies). They will spend an additional three hours a week in classes and workgroup meetings focused on the legal work and the issues that arise from it, including professional responsibility, justice and practice issues.

Students will work in teams of four. There will be a major written assignment for the semester and students will keep journals of their experiences. There will also be a final exam.

This course satisfies the Cardin requirement, but it does not preclude a student from taking a clinical course in his or her second or third year, and students are encouraged to do so.

Enrollment is limited to 24 students. Students must apply for both this course and Professor Richard Boldt’s fall semester Torts/Legal Analysis and Writing course. These two courses will be coordinated, and through them students will be introduced to basic skills, professional responsibility, justice and practice issues beginning in their first semester and continuing throughout their first year.

The Torts/LA&W course will introduce students to the structure of the American court system, the hierarchy of trial and appellate courts, the elements and implications of court decisions, the relationships between cases and statutes and between courts and legislatures. Students will be provided with a series of writing assignments that will place them in a variety of practice roles. The course will use an approach that explores the interconnections between legal doctrine, legal argument, and the broader social, political, and economic context within which the legal system operates.

Both courses, and the experiences in them, also will be coordinated with the students’ spring semester, 2015 Written and Oral Advocacy course.

Current & Previous Instructors:
Michael Millemann;

310 (CRN: )       Credits: 6
    Spring, 2015 (Day).
    Mon, Tues: 1:05-3:05  Wed: 2:10-4:10.
    Room 309.

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course

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