Faculty Profiles

Norman Abrams

Norman Abrams

Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus
Acting Chancellor Emeritus
A.B. University of Chicago, 1952
J.D. University of Chicago, 1955
UCLA Faculty Since 1959

LAW 299 - Federal Criminal Law

This course explores the theory and substance of federal criminal law. Throughout the term, we visit the question of the proper role of the federal government in law enforcement, as well as the justifications for assertion of federal jurisdiction over certain acts when those acts are already targeted by state laws. Class time is devoted to public corruption, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, controlled substances, obstruction of justice, weapons offenses, and racketeering. In addition, we examine the manner in which federal sanctions can be employed against lawyers, banks, and corporations. Finally, time permitting, we review common federal criminal defenses, including entrapment and selective prosecution.