Law 795: Criminal Practice: Ethics
This course introduces ethical considerations of both prosecutors and defense attorneys in the practice of criminal law. Topics addressed include, but are not limited to: the unique obligation of a prosecutor to seek justice; attorney-client privilege and the crime-fraud exception; discovery issues, including Brady and Giglio obligations; defense counsel conflicts of interest; covert investigations and contact with represented parties; pretrial publicity and social media; and guilty pleas.
This course is eligible to satisfy the Professional Responsibility and Ethics course requirement for graduation.
Prerequisites: It is expected that all students enrolled will have successfully completed the first-year Criminal Law course.
Evaluation: Course grades will be based on an equal combination of a final examination and a presentation.