December 13th, 2011
Criminal law concerns conduct that is prohibited by the state, usually because it involves something that could threaten, harm or otherwise endanger the safety and welfare of the public—in other words, the kinds of things you see on Law and Order reruns. With some exceptions, criminal law generally requires two key elements: a “guilty act,” commonly referred to by the Latin term actus reus, and a “guilty mind,” commonly referred to by the Latin name mens rea. A fascinating part of public law, a 1L course in criminal law often focuses on the nature of crime, rather than focusing on the judicial and penal systems.
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