KP, my awesome criminal law professor who used to be a defense attorney, has made this class even more interesting than I thought it could be (shocking seeing as I want to go into the criminal law field). These past five weeks, we have studied what exactly criminal law is and how it differs from civil law. We then looked into homicide. This topic, which seems pretty self explanatory and simple, involved so much more than I thought. Homicide is not simply someone is killed. There are homicide laws at thee common law level, modern law level, and even defined in the model penal code. Beyond that, there are felonious and misdemeanor murders, different levels of manslaughter, and different degrees of murder. These each have distinctive elements that MUST be present in order to obtain a conviction.
And that is what studying is going to boil down to over this weekend. MEMORIZING THE ELEMENTS! These elements are what proves or disproves that a crime was actually committed. I will be receiving 20 multiple choice questions where all of the choice could be correct but I must choose the best right answer. Flashcards, something that was introduced to our class from behavioral analysts who are obtaining the PhDs, are going to be my go to for this weekend. I am also going to take some time and make a set for my property law class.