CourseLaw of "White Collar Crime" - Law 674
Instructor Hank Shea   View Faculty Page
Emailhjshea@stthomas.edu
Units 2 - Graded
Prerequisites:  
Recommended Courses:

Evidence, Criminal Law

 
Overview

This course will provide an opportunity for students to learn about white collar crime from a practical, hands-on perspective. The aim of the course is for students to obtain both the knowledge and the skills needed to prosecute or defend white collar crime cases, or to represent clients involved in them. Frequent guest lecturers, dynamic group exercises, and varied written assignments will present a wide spectrum of viewpoints and experiences for a challenging, fun learning experience.

 
Materials

Text – White Collar Crime in a Nutshell by Ellen Podgor and Jerold Israel (4th ed. West);Photocopied course materials usually posted on Forums.

 
Course Format

Each class will involve both lecture and discussion/classroom exercises, typically with practicing attorneys and judges serving as guest instructors. The class also will be divided into teams of three to four students to undertake group exercises on drafting and obtaining approval of an indictment, arguing for or against a motion, and addressing ethical dilemmas.  

 
Written Assignments

There are three pieces of written work for this class. Prior to class in Week 4, each student will submit a memo (600-700 words) concerning the potential charges and possible penalties arising from a set of facts provided at the end of Week 2. These memos will be used by each group to draft an abbreviated indictment in connection with class exercises in Weeks 4-5. Prior to class in Week 8, each student will submit a memo (600-700 words) identifying issues and arguments for and against a motion arising from a set of facts provided at the end of Week 6. These memos will be used by each group for class discussion and oral arguments in Weeks 8-9. Prior to Week 13, each student will submit a sentencing memo (2000-2500 words) for either the government or a defendant arising from a set of facts provided at the end of Week 9.   

 
Type of Exam

None

 
Basis for grading

Class participation, group exercises, and written assignments.

 
Additional Comments

Attendance and participation required.

 
Print this Course Description