Oregon Criminal Law

Oregon Criminal Law: Arrest to Justice - Professors Amanda Thibeault and Marie Atwood

  • Course Number: LAW-521
  • Course Type: Foundational AND Experiential
  • Credits: 3
  • Enrollment Limit: 20
  • Description: Students will learn the practical and legal reality of criminal law in Oregon by working through a hypothetical case from arrest to sentencing. The class will focus on six main stages of a criminal case (minus trial): complaint/arrest/grand jury/indictment; release decision; discovery; motions to suppress; plea negotiations; and, to a limited extent, sentencing. Each stage will involve instruction on relevant Oregon law and practice and a simulation where students must do the work of a prosecutor or defense attorney in that stage of a case. Ethical issues will be discussed as they arise but this class does not qualify for professional responsibility credits.
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Evaluation Method: Grading will be based on student performance of each weekly simulation, focusing on students’ application of relevant law, management of client and/or victim relationships, and oral and written advocacy. 
  • Capstone: no
  • WIE: no