Master Essay: Criminal Law & Procedure

Criminal Law & Procedure is a straightforward subject. Criminal Law is like Torts and Criminal Procedure is a curious combination of Constitutional Law and Evidence. I suggest you spend 10-20 minutes outlining your answer and the rest of the hour writing. When you review each of your answers, keep track of your mistakes. Issue spotting is an art, and it takes practice. The good news is that the key issues in every subject are tested in fairly common ways.

When you make a legal error, it is useful to note it on the Micro Review outline. Keep in mind that annotating an outline with your legal errors is extremely useful. It is “active learning” that reinforces new knowledge. The idea is to waste as little time as possible on reviewing stuff you don’t know. Instead, you want to learn new material and place it in the proper context.

Here are the fact patterns and issue outlines – and one model answer – for our Master Essay Method Criminal Law & Procedure Seminar.

Here is the video seminar with the essay approach and a discussion of each of the fact patterns. Remember that if you click on the playlist button in the upper-left corner you can skip around within the seminar.



Here is a list of the videos that make up the seminar:

          1. Criminal Law & Procedure Approach
          2. Criminal Law, February 2007
          3. Criminal Law & Procedure, February 2006
          4. Criminal Law & Procedure, July 2004
          5. Criminal Procedure, February 2004
          6. Criminal Procedure, February 2001
          7. Criminal Law, July 1999
          8. Criminal Procedure, February 1999 
          9. Criminal Law, July 1997
          10. Criminal Procedure, February 1995
          11. Criminal Law & Procedure, July 1994
          12. Criminal Procedure, February 1984