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Books & Resources for JD Program

This guide contains required and recommended materials and resources for each course in the JD program of the JFK School of Law

Required Textbooks

Criminal Law uses just one textbook, located on West Academic E-bookshelf. 

1. Criminal Law: A Contemporary Approach 3rd Edition
Russell L. Weaver | John M. Burkoff | Catherine Hancock, Dressler, J., & Garvey, S.

Publisher: West Academic - Access on E-Products Casebook Portal

First time using this textbook, you will go directly to, locate the book under "Materials Provided by my School," agree to the Terms of Service, then you can view the E-Book. 

What is Criminal Law?

Criminal Law explores the philosophy of criminal responsibility, the laws defining crimes and establishing punishment, and the negation of criminal responsibility by reason of general and special defenses comprise the majority of topics discussed in this course. Particular areas, such as the defenses of mistake, insanity, and intoxication, and the impact of legal doctrine on the actual administration of criminal justice, are also explored.