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August 14, 2013

Welcome to the Moritz College of Law, Criminal Law with Prof. Berman & version 4.0 of this class blog

I have made a habit in recent years to use blogs to support and supplement my instruction in law school classes. Some of these class blogs have served my purposes and goals well, others have meet with mixed results. Undaunted, I remain convinced (but not entirely confident) that the blog technology (rather than a propriety law-school-support technology like TWEN) provides the best on-line tool for supporting and supplement law school courses.

I will continue my bloggy ways in the Fall 2013 semester at the Moritz College of Law through this blog to supplement my first-semester 1L small-section Crim Law course. And, as the version 4.0 label highlights, I have built this "new" blog directly atop the blog I used when teaching this very same course twice before (in Fall 2008 and Fall 2010) and when teaching a Comparative Criminal Procedure course (in Summer 2012).

I am hopeful that some new 1Ls will benefit from (or at least find reassuring) seeing some of the posts (and comments) that were generated in this forum at other times.  You might focus especially on the archives from Aug-Dec 2008 to and Aug-Dec 2010 to see some of the "action" in this class from the last two times I taught it.  

So, welcome to the latest re-launch of this 1L Crim Law blogging adventure. I am always pleased when this blog helps to promote a new type of student engagement, and it also provides an effective means for me to share both required and optional materials and ideas.







UPDATE: It dawned on me after completing this initial post that it would be useful to point you to a few items to be found deep in this blog's archives that you might already find interesting or useful.  For example, these two prior posts and the student comments thereto (one from Aug 2008 and the other from Aug 2010) might be worthwhile as you gear up for our first week of class discussions:

In addition,in the archives from 2008 I found these links with lots and lots of (old but still timely) advice for incoming 1Ls:





ANOTHER UPDATE: It dawned on me after receiving an e-mail from someone in this class that not everyone realizes where to find the "magic boxes" where the syllabus and course description are located, and also that I promised to post this stuff in this on-line space.  So, for now, here is a copy of the first part of the syllabus:

Download 2013 Criminal Law Syllabus (Part 1)




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