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Contemporary Criminal Law

Contemporary Criminal Law
Concepts, Cases, and Controversies

Sixth Edition

January 2022 | 565 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Providing a current view that prompts students to read and analyze, Contemporary Criminal Law, Sixth Edition combines the concepts taught in undergraduate criminal law courses with thought-provoking cases and engaging learning tools. Covering emerging legal topics including constitutional rights, consent, arson, identity theft, and hate crimes all applied through real life examples that students recognize and connect to. Author Matthew Lippman clearly defines and explains criminal law and defenses as well as provides cases and discussion questions to stimulate critical thinking and in-class discussion. Additionally, readers are challenged to interact with the text through pedagogical features, giving their decisions based on factual cases and analysis of the complex legal system. 

Chapter 1 The Nature, Purpose, and Function of Criminal Law
Chapter 2 Constitutional Limitations
Chapter 3 Punishment and Sentencing
Chapter 4 Actus Reus
Chapter 5 Mens Rea, Concurrence, Causation
Chapter 6 Parties to Crime and Vicarious Liability
Chapter 7 Attempt, Conspiracy, and Solicitation
Chapter 8 Justifications
Chapter 9 Excuses
Chapter 10 Homicide
Chapter 11 Criminal Sexual Conduct, Assault and Battery, Kidnapping, and False Imprisonment
Chapter 12 Burglary, Trespass, Arson, and Mischief
Chapter 13 Crimes Against Property
Chapter 14 White-Collar Crime
Chapter 15 Crimes Against Public Order and Morality
Chapter 16 Crimes Against the State


Instructor Resource Site

SAGE edge for Instructors supports your teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students.

  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as  the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts by chapter to ease preparation for lectures and class discussions
  • Editable, chapter-specific  PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for the course
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for structuring one’s course
  • Class activities for individual or group projects provide lively and stimulating ideas for use in and out of class reinforce active learning.
  • course cartridge provides easy LMS integration
Key features
Features and Benefits:
  • The Sixth Edition includes new cases throughout, offering the most up-to-date coverage of evolving legal opinions and developments in criminal law.
  • This text’s student-friendly, clear style makes legal concepts approachable and manageable for undergraduate students.
  • The popular You Decide features are based on actual cases and ask students to assume the role of a judge to arrive at a decision on the case; answers are found on the student study site.
  • Crime in the News boxes, Legal Equations, and Cases and Comments engage students with the material presented in the chapters and deepen their understanding of how criminal law functions in the real world.


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