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Criminal Law

(18 reviews)

Copyright Year: 2015

ISBN 13: 9781946135087

Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

Language: English

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Reviewed by DeAris Hoard, Lecturer of Criminal Justice, Eastern New Mexico University on 12/12/21

The text was quite comprehensive and covered the subject matter in a fashion easily understood by undergraduate students. The text is an excellent resource for undergraduate students in introductory-level courses. read more

Reviewed by Robert Henderson, Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Anchorage on 12/29/20, updated 1/10/21

I found this textbook to be an excellent resource for an upper-division, undergraduate course in Criminal Law. Criminal law is a relatively straight-forward topic and this text does a good job of providing a good overview of the topic. The... read more

Reviewed by Robert Rocklin, Pro Tem Faculty, University of Oregon on 6/10/20

The text is generally comprehensive. It covers all the major areas of criminal law, from individual crimes to broader issues such as the role of the United States Constitution in placing limits on criminal punishment. The text has a fairly... read more

Reviewed by Andre Adeli, Lecturer, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 7/24/19

Although it is difficult to be comprehensive in an introductory text, the author's attempts at introducing legal concepts through individual cases in my experience is not a good starting points. read more

Reviewed by Jennifer Dannels, Lead Instructor - Criminal Justice, NTCC on 4/23/19

This book is even more comprehensive than previous textbooks (non-OER) I've used in the past. I especially like how it covers the constitutional issues (freedom of speech, right to "privacy" (birth control, abortion, etc.), ex post facto clause,... read more

Reviewed by Dave Coffey, Prof/Program Head Administration of Justice, Thomas Nelson Community College on 3/6/19

This is a good Criminal Law text for college undergraduates. The text covers most of the major areas of criminal law. The chapter orders are logically sequenced providing a building block approach for students. Material is presented clearly and... read more

Reviewed by Kelly Ayers, Clinical Instructor, West Virginia University on 5/21/18

The information covered in this text is general in nature, yet thorough enough to understand the foundations of the topic. Given that I would be using this text for undergraduate students, the amount of information and its depth seem to be on... read more

Reviewed by Tracy Barley, Assistant Professor, North Carolina Central University on 2/1/18

This textbook is comprehensive; it is substantially equivalent in content to the published textbook (including its updates) our department has used for the last 10 years. It covers the key concepts that will meet our student learning outcomes. I... read more

Reviewed by B.A.B. ---, Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University on 2/1/18

I would say that this book attempts to cover a broad spectrum of criminal law topics, so in that sense it’s comprehensive, but in terms of the depth with which each topic is treated, it is far from comprehensive. The entire textbook actually reads... read more

Reviewed by Anne Douds, Lecturer, Penn State Harrisburg on 2/1/18

This introductory criminal law text covers almost all major areas of criminal law, but it would be nice if it covered the evolving fields of terrorism and cyber security a bit better. The table of contents is concise and provides useful... read more

Reviewed by Makeda Carr, Instructor, Virginia State University on 6/20/17

Reviewing the TOC provides a comprehensive overview of the subject matter found in typical Criminal Law textbooks. In comparison to another book, they cover the same material such as sources and limitations of law, jurisdiction and defining... read more

Reviewed by Stephone Addison, Assistant Professor, Southern University And A & M College on 6/20/17

The text is comprehensive. I have been teaching Criminal Law for over 20 years and have used several textbooks. This Open Source text covers, for the most part, every major subject in Criminal Law that was covered in prior textbooks that I have... read more

Reviewed by Christina Mancini, Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University on 4/11/17

The text appears comprehensive but the lack of a Table of Contents page makes it difficult to assess at first glance the scope of the work. read more

Reviewed by Shana Mell, Criminal Justice Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University on 2/8/17

Criminal law textbooks require a number of specific topics in order to meet the expectations of the course. This textbook contains those essential elements. The table of contents very clearly outlines each chapters and subsection so that... read more

Reviewed by Caoimhin OFearghail, Program Coordinator, Lane Community College on 8/21/16

This text covers all of the basic concepts found in other traditional criminal law survey texts with the exception of an instructional overview on reading and interpreting case reports—a significant shortcoming given the author’s heavy use of... read more

Reviewed by Ann Su, Part-time Instructor, Portland Community College on 1/7/16

This is an excellent introductory text for undergraduates.The textbook does a good job of introducing the basic legal concepts of criminal law, but it would not be appropriate for a law school course as it does not have the depth or technical .... read more

Reviewed by Matthew Kane, Adjunct Professor, University of Oklahoma on 1/12/15

The author’s work itself is very strong. The book is topically sound, covering the appropriate subjects for an introduction to criminal law. Unfortunately, there is no index or glossary (or table of contents within the text). This concern,... read more

Reviewed by Ronald Den Otter, Associate Professor, California Polytechnic State University on 7/15/14

For a text aimed at undergraduates, very comprehensive; it covers all of the topics in criminal law that ought to be covered. read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Criminal Law
  • Chapter 2: The Legal System in the United States
  • Chapter 3: Constitutional Protections
  • Chapter 4: The Elements of a Crime
  • Chapter 5: Criminal Defenses, Part 1
  • Chapter 6: Criminal Defenses, Part 2
  • Chapter 7: Parties to Crime
  • Chapter 8: Inchoate Offenses
  • Chapter 9: Criminal Homicide
  • Chapter 10: Sex Offenses and Crimes Involving Force, Fear, and Physical Restraint
  • Chapter 11: Crimes against Property
  • Chapter 12: Crimes against the Public
  • Chapter 13: Crimes against the Government
  • Chapter 14: Appendix A: Case Listings

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  • About the Book

    Criminal Law uses a two-step process to augment learning, called the applied approach. First, after building a strong foundation from scratch, Criminal Law introduces you to crimes and defenses that have been broken down into separate components. It is so much easier to memorize and comprehend the subject matter when it is simplified this way. However, becoming proficient in the law takes more than just memorization. You must be trained to take the laws you have studied and apply them to various fact patterns. Most students are expected to do this automatically, but application must be seen, experienced, and practiced before it comes naturally. Thus the second step of the applied approach is reviewing examples of the application of law to facts after dissecting and analyzing each legal concept. Some of the examples come from cases, and some are purely fictional. All the examples are memorable, even quirky, so they will stick in your mind and be available when you need them the most (like during an exam). After a few chapters, you will notice that you no longer obsess over an explanation that doesn't completely make sense the first time you read it—you will just skip to the example. The examples clarify the principles for you, lightening the workload significantly.

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