About Law 735, Federal Criminal Law

This three-credit course examines substantive federal criminal law, including the following topics: the federal role in enforcement against crime, the consequences of jurisdictional overlap, fraud and political corruption, mail fraud, the Hobbs act, official bribery and gratuities, drug trafficking and money laundering, currency reporting offenses, group and organizational crime (including RICO), anti-terrorism enforcement, the criminal civil rights statutes, the federal false statement statutes, obstruction of justice, sentencing guidelines, and forfeiture.  This is primarily a lecture course and not a seminar, but classtime discussion is strongly encouraged.  This course is particularly appropriate for students who wish to become prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, or federal court clerks.  It would also be of some use to those who are interested in public policy concerning crime control.

The primary text – brand new and never before used at this school -- is Richman, Stith, and Stuntz's Defining Federal Crimes​ (Aspen, May 2014, ISBN 9781454851349).  The book was ordered through the campus bookstore.  It is available for purchase in the traditional hardcover format or in the new Connected Casebook format. Choose the Connected Casebook to get a hardcover casebook on loan for the entire course, PLUS lifelong access to CasebookConnect, which includes the digital casebook, outlining tool, and interactive study center. Learn more at www.aspenlaw.com/connected.  Other materials will be provided in class.

I am willing to adjust the syllabus to address the needs and interests of students in the course.

I was a federal prosecutor -- specifically an Assistant United States Attorney -- for over thirteen years, during which time I was totally absorbed in this subject matter.  I think that you will find it to be very interesting.

- William C. Snyder



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