ADVANCED CRIMINAL LEGAL PROCESS
2017/2018, Semester 2
Modular Credits: LL4208V ( 5 ) / LL5208V ( 5 ) / LL6208V ( 5 )
This course offers students a unique perspective into real-world criminal litigation process through the lens of the courts, prosecutors, law enforcement and legal practitioners. It assumes a reasonably good knowledge of criminal legal concepts and principles, and builds on it by taking students through an in-depth study and analysis of the practical issues, challenges and considerations that they will face when practicing criminal law, as a case progresses through the various stages from pre-trial to post-trial in the normal course of the criminal legal process.
This course provides both classroom and fieldwork components, with an emphasis on the latter. Apart from being able to engage with judges, prosecutors, law enforcement officers and legal practitioners during seminars, students will also have the opportunity to develope lawyering skills through rolr-playing exercises, such as in drafting court documents, criminal advocacy through a mooting exercise and oratorical skills through presenting and critiquing leading criminal law issues of the day. At the end of the course, students should be able to obtain significant appreciation of:
1. The real-world applications of substantive legal principles and concepts taught in the classroom;
2. The complex interplay between law and legal institutions, as well as the role of and interaction among the key stakeholders in the criminal justice process; and
3. Effective written and oral communication; and
4. The demands of criminal advocacy and adjudication, in particular for plead-guilty mentions.
NUS Compulsory Core Curriculum or its equivalent
Drafting Assignment [Due in Wk 6] - 30%; Moot Exercise [Due in Wk 8] - 30%; Presentation (Written and oral components) [written component due 2 days before oral presentation] - 30%; Class Participation - 10%
Students who have taken or taking this module will be precluded from LL4244/LL5244/LL6244; LL4244V/LL5244V/LL6244V Criminal Practice.