Intro to American Criminal Law (Part 2) - Crimes Against the Person

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Intro to American Criminal Law (Part 2) - Crimes Against the Person

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updated on icon Updated on Oct, 2023

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Lectures -8

Resources -1

Duration -2 hours


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Course Description

In this class, we will study the crimes against the person in this class, including 1st degree murder, 2nd degree murder, felony murder, voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, assault, battery, and kidnapping.

What is the difference between first and second degree murder? What is felony murder? What role does the "heat of passion" play in voluntary manslaughter? We will explore all of this and more in an interactive and exciting way. We will be studying the common law version of these crimes as they may be different in every state or country (which we will also explore).

I will provide videos for the course that will explain each topic along with practice story problems (called fact patterns in law) to help understand each concept. Students will be instructed to listen to a brief lesson, pause the video and try the practice problems themselves, then unpause the video to listen to the answers. Students should pay attention to the thinking behind the answers, not just the answers themselves.


What will you learn in this course:

- Students will learn the about the common law version of the Crimes Against the Person

- Students will learn to look for the little details, think through a problem, and not settle on the first answer that jumps to mind

- Students will have a broader understanding of the world of criminal law


What are the prerequisites for this course?

While you do not need to take Part 1 to understand Part 2, you will get more out of this course if you do.

Intro to American Criminal Law (Part 2) - Crimes Against the Person


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

Crimes Against the Person
9 Lectures
  • play icon 1 - Crimes Against the Person - Homicide 12:00 12:00
  • play icon 2 - 1st Degree Murder with a look at Michigan's 1st Degree Law 19:01 19:01
  • play icon 3 - 2nd Degree Murder With A Look at Michigan's 2nd Degree Law 18:31 18:31
  • play icon 4 - Felony Murder with Michigan's Felony Murder Law 17:43 17:43
  • play icon 5 - Voluntary Manslaughter 29:57 29:57
  • play icon 6 - Involuntary Manslaughter with Michigan Law 08:50 08:50
  • play icon 7 - Assault and Battery 12:15 12:15
  • play icon 8 - Kidnapping 07:02 07:02
  • play icon 9 - Stalking 12:20 12:20

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