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CRJU 430: Criminal Evidence and Trials

CRJU 690: Special Topics in Criminal Evidence and Trials

During the spring 2012 semester, the Department of Criminal Justice will offer CRJU 430: Criminal Evidence and Trials. This three-unit course explores the rules of courtroom procedure and evidence through the use of weekly mock-trial exercises. The course will be offered by Dr. Fradella during the spring 2012 semester on Wednesday evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

  • Limited Space -- Given its highly interactive nature of the course, space is quite limited. There are only 12 to 14 seats available in the class. Accordingly, students who are interested in taking the mock-trial class are required to obtain permission of the instructor in order to register for the class.

  • Criteria for Permission -- Dr. Fradella will admit only the following students to the course:

    • undergraduate students who are members of Alpha Phi Sigma, the criminal justice honor society;

    • undergraduate students who are members of Psi Chi, the psychology honor society;

    • criminal justice gradaute students; and

    • undergraduate students who are declared forensic studies minors who have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.

  • Getting Permission from the Instructor -- If you fit into one of the four categories above, then you should email Dr. Fradella seeking permission to register for the course. In your email message to him, you must agree to abide by the mandatory attendance policy for the course. Even a single absence will throw-off the manner in which the class will be run, as students will be paired in teams each week to play the roles of attorneys and witnesses. Thus, if a student is absent, it negatively affects the ability of a classmate to learn. So, only those students whose work and personal schedules will not interfere with their ability to attend class each and every week will be admitted. You must explain, in writing, that you understand the mandatory attendance policy and agree to come to each and every class of the semester fully prepared to engage in weekly mock-trial exercises.

  • If you receive permission to register for the course, Dr. Fradella will issue an electronic permit which you must then use by adding the class online.

    • Undergraduates students register for CRJU 430-01 (class # 8957).

    • Graduate students register for CRJU 690-01 (class # 8958).

If you have other questions, please email Dr. Fradella.