Levin College of Law
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Complex Federal Criminal Investigation

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This is a course on conducting complex criminal investigations in the federal system.  We will work directly with the same materials used by federal agents, federal prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges.  We will consider the same issues that federal prosecutors are grappling with in investigating and prosecuting violations of federal crimes; considering the constraints of law, policies of the Department of Justice, and ethical implications of prosecutors’ involvement in investigations.  The topics we will cover include conducting grand jury investigations, navigating parallel proceedings, handling cooperators and undercover investigations, utilizing electronic surveillance, gathering electronic evidence, dealing with problems that arise in the course of complex investigations, and bringing it all together through a prosecution and the use of gathered evidence at trial and sentencing.