Essential Criminal Law

Essential Criminal Law

By: Matthew Lippman (author)Paperback

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Essential Criminal Law offers students a concise, yet comprehensive introduction to criminal law in the United States. Criminal law expert and award-winning professor Matthew Lippman walks students through the complexities of the legal system using thought-provoking examples of real-life crimes and legal defences as well as highly approachable case analyses. Offering a wide variety of engaging learning tools, the text encourages strong legal reasoning skills for students who may not have had any exposure to case law-providing a solid foundational understanding of this subject.

About Author

Matthew Lippman is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Criminology, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He has taught criminal law and criminal procedure for more than thirty years. He has also taught courses on civil liberties, law and society, and terrorism and currently teaches international criminal law at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He earned a doctorate in political science from Northwestern University and a master of law from Harvard Law School, and he is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. He has been voted by the graduating seniors at UIC to receive the Silver Circle Award for outstanding teaching on six separate occasions and also has received the UIC Flame Award from the University of Illinois Alumni Association, as well as the Excellence in Teaching Award, Teaching Recognition (Portfolio) Award, and Honors College Fellow of the Year Award. The university chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the criminal justice honors society, named him Criminal Justice Professor of the Year on three occasions. In 2008, he was recognized as a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Master Teacher. He was honored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which named him Commencement Marshal at the May 2012 graduation. Professor Lippman is also recognized in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Professor Lippman is author of one hundred articles and author or co-author of six books. These publications focus on criminal law and criminal procedure, international human rights, and comparative law. He also is author of five other SAGE volumes, Contemporary Criminal Law: Concepts, Cases, and Controversies (4th ed., 2016), Criminal Procedure (3rd ed., 2017), Essential Criminal Law (2nd ed. 2017) Criminal Evidence (2016) and Striking the Balance: Debating Criminal Justice and Law (2017). His work is cited in hundreds of academic publications and by domestic and international courts and organizations. He has also served on legal teams appearing before the International Court of Justice in the Hague, has testified as an expert witness on international law before numerous state and federal courts, and has consulted with both private organizations and branches of the U.S. government. Professor Lippman regularly appears as a radio and television commentator and is frequently quoted in leading newspapers. He has served in every major administrative position in the Department of Criminology, Law and Justice at UIC, including department head, director of undergraduate studies, and director of graduate studies.


PrefaceChapter 1. The Nature, Purpose, and Function of Criminal LawChapter 2. Constitutional LimitationsChapter 3. Elements of CrimesChapter 4. Parties to CrimesChapter 5. Attempt, Solicitation, and ConspiracyChapter 6.Criminal Defenses: Justifications and ExcusesChapter 7. HomicideChapter 8. Sexual Offenses and Other Crimes Against the PersonChapter 9. Crimes Against PropertyChapter 10. White Collar and Organized CrimeChapter 11. Crimes Against Public Order and MoralityChapter 12. Crimes Against Social Order and Morality: Alcoholism, Gambling, and Drug OffensesChapter 13. Offenses Against Public Administration and the Administration of JusticeChapter 14. Crimes Against the StateNotesGlossaryCase IndexSubject IndexAbout the Author

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  • ISBN13: 9781452276939
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 408
  • ID: 9781452276939
  • ISBN10: 1452276935

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