As part of a continuing series on Fall 2019 semester courses that relate to innovation and business, this post spotlights Corporate Crimes.

“The costs of white collar crime outpace the costs of every other type of crime by 20 to 1,” Professor Diamantis explained. “A lot of this crime is being committed through corporations. If you want to develop an understanding of how to address 95% of the costs of criminal conduct that our nation faces, you want to know something about corporate crime.”

The course provides an overview of corporate criminal law. There is a heavier discussion component than in most black-letter courses, and Professor Diamantis incorporates various exercises to simulate real-world practice. Exercises such as working through the sentencing guidelines help students ground the policy aspects of the class in the specific laws and crimes covered. Class discussions focus on the policies behind corporate criminal law. “It’s an area of law whose practice is largely directed by policy in the shadows of the legal framework,” Professor Diamantis explained. “The course will cover a sampling of specific crimes, but the analysis is still policy-driven.”

Meg Hingtgen, a 3L who took the course during her second year, found the subject matter of the course really interesting. “It wasn’t like any other class I’ve taken,” Hingtgen observed. “I thought the course was really applicable to the current events we read about in the news.” Hingtgen also felt the course provided her with an “understanding of the risk assessments that clients may be making in their businesses. It’s important to understand that environment and the background of the law if you’re working with corporations,” Hingtgen noted.

​last updated November 24, 2019 

Course Description

This course will serve as a broad introduction to corporate criminal law. The first half of the course will cover the black letter doctrines of corporate liability and sentencing. It will also address the equally important Department of Justice policies and practices that shape the course of corporate prosecutions. The second half of the course will take up some of the criminal statutes that are of frequent concern for corporations, including those that address false claims, securities fraud, bribery, and mail and wire fraud. The course structure will be flexible enough to allow us to address developments as they occur in this continually evolving area of law.

Schedule Information

Monday & Tuesday, 9:30 – 11:00 am