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Federal Criminal Investigation: Investigating Extraterritorial Crime
J.D. Practicum 1109 | 4 credit hours
This course will teach students the skills associated with a successful federal criminal investigation and prosecution, using the substantive framework of criminal statutes involving extraterritorial jurisdiction within the portfolio of DOJ’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions (HRSP) section, within the Criminal Division. HRSP investigates and prosecutes human rights offenses, large-scale alien smuggling, and federal felonies occurring within US extraterritorial jurisdiction. Specifically, the class will explore the steps of a federal criminal investigation including but not limited to, coordination with law enforcement, intelligence collection, overseas evidence gathering, surveillance, witness statements, and investigative tools through court process and through administrative authority. The class will discuss the process of transforming evidence into a viable prosecution, and the challenges that building a federal criminal case presents. This discussion will engage with topics such as the role of the federal prosecutor, discovery obligations, grand jury uses and limitations, strategies for selecting charging mechanisms, and parallel civil and administrative proceedings that may affect prosecutorial discretion. The class will also examine procedural phases of a federal criminal case including charging, pleas, trial, sentencing, and post-sentencing relief.
Prerequisite: Criminal Justice (or the equivalent Democracy and Coercion) or Criminal Procedure. Students must complete the required first-year program prior to enrolling in this course (part-time and interdivisional transfer students may enroll prior to completing Property, or their first-year elective).
Students may not receive credit for this class and the practicum class Federal Fraud Prosecution: Theory and Practice.
This is a 4 credit course. Two credits will be awarded for the 2-hour weekly seminar and 2 credits for approximately 10 hours of supervised work per week, for a minimum of 11 weeks, to be scheduled with the faculty. The supervised work must be completed during normal business hours. The seminar portion will be graded. The 2 credits of supervised work is mandatory pass/fail and counts toward the 7 credit pass/fail limit. Students will be allowed to take another course pass/fail in the same semester as the supervised work.