christmas mouse wrote:This might be too specific for this thread but I've noticed in my criminal law class we are doing straight theory. How do you outline for such a class, specifically does this mean the final is going to more theory driven? For example will we have to justify our answers with what theory of punishment drove the courts decision: retributive vs utilitarian? Did the court follow the legality principle in finding liabilty, and will offendor be liable for common law offense under model penal code? In fact is this what most people are studying in crim? Because a person in my school with a different prof told me they are reading cases on criminal theft.
In 2 years of school I really haven't had much in the way of material on exams that wasn't covered in class.
So perhaps you will have a largely theoretical exam. Expect some policy questions.
Just make sure you know the black letter law as it is covered in the cases assigned to you.