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First Year Study Resources: Criminal Law

This guide maps study aids available through the MLIC to First Year Courses. Important Caveat: These are meant to be supplementary. ALWAYS do your course reading before looking here.

CALI

Need a CALI account? Go to CALI.org and "Create Account". You'll need a registration code, which you can obtain by going to TWEN -> Add a Course -> MLIC.

West Academic

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Ebooks

Criminal Law: Galoob

  1. Actus Reus (CRIM15)
    1. Voluntary act requirement
    2. Omisssions (CRIM34)
  2. Mens Rea
    1. The Mens Rea of Purpose (CRIM04)
    2. The Mens Rea of Knowledge (CRIM07)
    3. The Mens Rea of Recklessness (CRIM05)
    4. The Mens Rea of Negligence (CRIM06)
  3. Mistakes
    1. Mistake Under the MPC: Mistake as to Elements of Offenses (CRIM24)
    2. Mistake Under the MPC: Mistake as to Defenses (CRIM30)
    3. Mistake Under the MPC: Mistake as to the Law Defining the Offense (CRIM25)
  4. Causation (CRIM16)
  5. Justifications
    1. Justification Defenses: Excuse Defenses Distinguished (CRIM18)
    2. Self-Defense (CRIM17)
      1. Battered Woman's Syndrome (CRIM19)
    3. Consent (CRIM32)
    4. Duty to Retreat (CRIM20)
    5. Defense of Others (CRIM21)
  6. Excuses
    1. Justification Defenses: Excuse Defenses Distinguished (CRIM18)
    2. Excuses I: Duress, Entrapment, Mistake (CRIM12)
    3. Excuses II: Insanity and Infancy
  7. Homicide
    1. Introduction to Homicide (Crim33)
      1. Homicide (Causation) (CRIM42)
      2. Homicide (Defining Death and Life) (CRIM 40)
    2. Homicide (Murder) (CRIM37)
    3. Homicide (Murder by Degrees) (CRIM38)
    4. Homicide (Unlawful Act Manslaughter (CRIM39)
    5. Homicide (Involuntary Manslaughter) (CRIM 43)
    6. Homicide (Felony Murder) (CRIM41)
  8. Theft
  9. Attempt
    1. The Mens Rea of Attempts (CRIM27)
  10. Solicitation 
  11. Conspiracy
    1. As a crime
    2. As a theory of liability
  12. Complicity
    1. Accomplice Liability - Definitional Issues (CRIM35)
    2. Accomplice Liability - Mens Rea (CRIM36)
    3. Accomplice Liability - Actus Reus Requirement (CRIM28)

 

To test your understanding of the concepts covered in Criminal Law, complete the CALI exercise Suspendatur! (CRIM03)

Criminal Law: Christopher

NOTE: This outline is keyed directly to the subject outline in Professor Christopher's syllabus.

  1. Introduction
    1. Purpose of Criminal Law
    2. Reasonable Doubt Standard of Proof: Presumption of Innocence (CRIM10)
    3. What Conduct Should Be Criminalized?
  2. Punishment
    1. What is Punishment? 
      1. Punishment: Theories (CRIM11)
    2. Purpose/Justification
    3. How Much Punishment? 
  3. Minimum Requirements for Liability
    1. Introduction: Structure of Criminal Offenses
    2. Legality
      1. Constitutional Limitations: Legality (CRIM09)
    3. Actus Reus
      1. Actus Reus (CRIM 15)
      2. Omissions (CRIM34)
    4. Mens Rea
      1. General
        1. The Mens Rea of Purpose (CRIM04)
        2. The Mens Rea of Knowledge (CRIM07)
        3. The Mens Rea of Recklessness (CRIM05)
        4. The Mens Rea of Negligence (CRIM06)
      2. Levels of Culpability
        1. Minimum Culpability Requirements Under the MPC (CRIM22)
        2. Ambiguous Culpability Requirements (CRIM23)
      3. Strict Liability
      4. Mistake of Fact & Mistake ofLaw
        1. Mistake Under the MPC: Mistake as to Elements of Offenses (CRIM24)
        2. Mistake Under the MPC: Mistake as to Defenses (CRIM30)
        3. Mistake as to the Law Defining the Offense (CRIM25)
    5. Concurrence of Elements
      1. Concurrence (CRIM26)
  4. Specific Offenses
    1. Rape
    2. Homicide
      1. Introduction to Homicide (Crim33)
        1. Homicide (Causation) (CRIM42)
        2. Homicide (Defining Death and Life) (CRIM 40)
      2. Homicide (Murder) (CRIM37)
      3. Homicide (Murder by Degrees) (CRIM38)
      4. Homicide (Unlawful Act Manslaughter (CRIM39)
      5. Homicide (Involuntary Manslaughter) (CRIM 43)
      6. Homicide (Felony Murder) (CRIM41)
  5. The Significance of Harm
    1. Causation
      1. Causation (CRIM16)
    2. Attempts
      1. The Mens Rea of Attempts (CRIM27)
  6. Defenses
    1. Overview
    2. Justification
      1. Justification Defenses: Excuse Defenses Dstinguished (CRIM18)
      2. Self-Defense (CRIM17)
        1. Battered Woman's Syndrome (CRIM19)
      3. Defense of Others (CRIM21)
      4. Duty to Retreat (CRIM20)
      5. Consent (CRIM32)
    3. Excuse
      1. Excuses I: Duress, Entrapment, Mistake (CRIM12)
      2. Excuses II: Insanity and Infancy (CRIM13)
    4. Allocating the Burden of Proof
      1. Presumption of Innocence (Burden of Proof and Presumptions) (CRIM10)
  7. Group Criminality
    1. Complicity
      1. Accomplice Liability - Mens Rea (CRIM36)
      2. Accomplice Liability - Actus Reus Requirement (CRIM28)
    2. Conspiracy

 

To test your understanding of the concepts covered in Criminal Law, complete the CALI exercise Suspendatur! (CRIM03)

Practice Exams

The MLIC has Criminal Law exams from previous semesters at TWEN -> MLIC -> Exam Bank.

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