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Role of the Federal Prosecutor
J.D. Course 386 | 2 credit hours
This course will explore the powers and responsibilities of the federal prosecutor with students from several area law schools. Class segments will focus on how decisions are made by federal prosecutors throughout different stages of the criminal justice system, in light of legal, policy, practical and ethical considerations. Using actual cases as well as federal statutes, guidelines, and other materials, the course will discuss the factors that influence the decisions and discretion of the federal prosecutor. The course will also examine the interaction between and among federal, state and foreign jurisdictions, in particular the interests of competing sovereigns in the investigation and prosecution of criminal activity.
Prerequisite: Criminal Justice (or Democracy and Coercion) or Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, and prior or concurrent enrollment in Evidence.
Students may not receive credit for both this course and Federal White Collar Crime; Anatomy of a Federal Trial: The Prosecution and the Defense Perspective; or Federal Investigations and Prosecutions.
This course will start before classes begin at the Law Center. The first class session will be on Wednesday night, 8/26/15, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at the George Washington University Law School, Stuart Hall, Room 302, 20th & H Streets, NW, Washington, DC. Georgetown students are invited/encouraged to attend the first class if at all possible, but are not required to do so. We will tape the first class for Georgetown students who cannot be in attendance. Class sessions will continue to meet in Stuart 302 for the remainder of the semester, except for the last class session, which will be held at Georgetown Law on Saturday, 11/21/15, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Attendance at the last class session is mandatory for Georgetown students.