CJ 400 Constitutional Law in Crim Just
U1E 2011 PE
Attorney at Law, Adjunct Faculty (Law, Criminal Justice)
J. D. University of San Diego
2725 Jefferson st, Suite 11, Carlsbad, Ca 92008
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June 6th through July 31, 2011
4:45 - 10:10 PM
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
For CJ400, you must conduct research on a constitutional issue approved by your instructor and write a paper analyzing what you find, using U.S. Constitutional provisions, statutes, and court cases to support how you would solve the constitutional issue, and discussing social policy implications of your solution to the issue.
The purposes in conducting this research and writing this paper are to improve your ability to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate information carefully and objectively, using the U.S. Constitution, statutes, and U.S. Supreme Court cases; use this information to propose a solution to a constitutional issue; discuss social policy implications of your solution; and present your ideas in clear written form directed to a specific audience, in this case, your class.
To complete this research paper, you should:
Your paper must include:
The text of this paper should be at least 3,750 words or fifteen computer-generated/typewritten double-spaced pages long. You must demonstrate that you understand the terminology and the concepts used in constitutional law, and how constitutional provisions, statutes, and case decisions are interrelated. You must demonstrate that you can synthesize, analyze, and evaluate information. You must use correct APA format in source citations in both the body of the paper and in the reference page.
You will present your paper in class during the last week of class. If you are taking this course online, you will answer questions from your classmates about your paper in a discussion thread created for this purpose.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
One of the primary keys in doing well in this type of a class is the desire and attitude of the student. I am privileged to have students who are working and have decided to enhance their lives and/or careers by going to school. Not only have you decided to go to school but each of you has decided to take a class on the constitution which indicates to me that I have motivated students who are extremely interested in the subject.
Getting down to the elements, let's discuss a few things that you will need to know. First of all, you will need some basic computer literacy. I expect that you will have access to a personal computer or the school's computers. You will need to have access to the Internet to do some research and you may even want to use it to contact me.
Reading assignments will be given on a weekly basis. As you can see by looking on the online e companion site, I have posted the expected course content per night. Keep in mind that these reading assignments are designed to enhance your ability to communicate in class each Monday. I expect that you will have done the reading and be prepared to discuss the issues in the text as well as other issues that come up in class.
Basically there will be 5 classes where I will rate participation. I am assuming that in the first class that there will be questions and discussions but given the fact that you will all be new to this class, there will be no grade for participation that night. However, in classes 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7, there will be class participation grades. Classes 4 and 8 will be examination nights and therefore there will be no opportunity for class participation as compared to the other 5. In essence, class participation will be 25% of your grade for the nights that we discussed. Keep in mind that simply showing up to class is not enough to get a class participation grade. You need to participate. I know how talented my students are. I understand that each of you comes to class with a fresh idea or thought about a subject. We will be looking at issues like civil commitments which will be posted by courts after the criminal confinement is concluded. Each of you will have ideas about whether or not this is a good idea or a bad idea or if it is constitutional and why. I would like to hear those ideas. In addition to me hearing your ideas, it is critical that you understand that we are blessed to have a class made of different personalities and multiple cultures. The opportunity for people of different races, ages and genders to meet together does not come along very often. Therefore, it will be imperative for each of us to learn how other people think about similar issues. So, in essence, you need to attend and you need to participate.
Research Core Paper:
This is a class that requires that you conduct research on a constitutional issue approved by me. You will need to have your idea and subject matter approved by me by week 2. If you are stuck for an idea, I can certainly direct you to one, however, I want each of you to pick a subject matter that fascinates you and to dig into it. This will be a research paper on any particular subject, however, it is imperative that you understand that I need to approve it first. I want certain issues looked at, analyzed and explored as opposed to general papers about general topics. For example, a paper that talks about whether or not a defendant's due process rights have been compromised by virtue of a ruling on the admissibility of hearsay evidence of a co-conspirator is one acceptable topic for a paper. A research paper topic of how you spent your summer vacation studying criminal law, is not an acceptable topic.
This paper will be 25% of your grade so, let's make a point of doing a wonderful paper and let's get ahead of the paper because it is due by week 6 and those weeks will go by very quickly. If you have any doubts, please see the Core Assessment section above.
Your mid-term exam will be worth 1/4 of your final grade. It will be a series of fact patterns and you will apply law to those fact patterns. I will teach you various methods by which you will analyze the law and apply it to facts. These will be essay style exams.
This will be much like the mid-term exam. It will be worth 25% of your grade and it will be proctored. The exam will have essays and will test you on your ability to apply all of the law that we have looked at over the semester and apply it to the facts.
Class Participation 25%
Research Paper 25%
Mid-Term Exam 25%
Final Exam 25%
You will get 25 points for Class Participation, 25 points for for the mid-term, final and paper as well. Therefore, I will be basing your grades on a 100 point scale. Therefore, your grading scale will be as follows:
A = 90-100
B = 80-89
C = 70-79
D = 60-69
F = 0-59
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Let's make this simple. Be on time. Now, I understand and respect that many of you are active duty military. If something comes up that is unavoidable, I am willing to listen and discuss matters with you. Unavoidable does not include things like but not limited to, a baseball game that went into extra innings. However, unavoidable does mean some sort of emergency or deployment. Having said that, papers are due when they are due. If you are late on the paper then I will have to deduct 10% out of respect and fairness to the other students in the class. This will be 10% deduction per day late.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Ladies and Gentlemen, this should go without saying but let me say it for the record. Respect is more important than anything else. If an opinion is expressed that seems to differ from yours, accept it as another person's opinion and respect it. You need not accept it as your opinion, however, respect the fact that people have different ideas
1, 2, 3
American History/Constitutional Development
Constitutional Interpretation, Court System, Arrests
Paper Topic Chosen
8, 9, 10
Warrants, Searches, Exceptions
MAKE UP TBA
Term Paper Due
Evidence, Admissions, Trials
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