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Welcome to Criminal Law

Welcome to Criminal Law

This course covers the law of crimes and the criminal justice system, including the criminal act and the mental element in crime, consideration of specific offenses as defined by statute and the common law, and discussion of typical defenses.


Welcome to Criminal Law! Designed for first-year law students, this course features 22 lesson videos and 209 practice questions. It surveys basic American criminal law, under both the common law and the Model Penal Code (MPC). 

The first chapter breaks down the fundamental elements of any crime: actus reus (the criminal act), mens rea (the culpable mental state ), and causation. Here’s where we’ll lay a general foundation to help you understand the specific crimes that we’ll discuss in...