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has ALREADY ENDED. Current class information is available here
- 5/3/2015: Posted instructions for exam.
- 4/15/2015: Our final exam review sessions will be:
- Saturday, May 2nd, 1pm-2:15pm, Room 301 (NOTE NOT OUR USUAL MEETING PLACE): Review Session #1: Q&A (strongly prefer you send me questions in advance.)
- Sunday, May 3rd, 2pm-3pm, Room 301 (NOTE NOT OUR USUAL MEETING PLACE): Review Session #2: Discussing 2013 Exam.
- 3/30/2015: For class on Wednesday, April 1, we won't get to Klayman v. Obama, but we will cover the other two cases and notes (US v. US District Court (also known as the Keith case) and ACLU v. Clapper.) But if you haven't followed the Snowden revelations closely, you might want to skim the first part of Klayman to get a little more background.
We will then talk about Klayman next Monday, April 6. So the two assignments should read as follows:
- Wednesday, April 1: 788-807 and Handout 250; 275-78
- Monday, April 6: Handout 267-75; Casebook 807-27
- 3/26/15: Posted new version of syllabus (Version 0.99) (to find the handout referenced, check your email!).
- 3/9/2015: For today's class and the next three classes, in addition to the assigned pages, you should also read any statutory sections mentioned in the reading. Pay closest attention to the following sections:
- Wiretap Act (today and Wednesday): §§ 2510, 2511, 2518 (all three are long, so feel free to read quickly).
- Pen/Trap Act (Wednesday): §§ 3121 and 3123 (even though casebook pages on act no longer assigned).
- Stored Communications Act (Monday and Wednesday, 3/16 and 3/18): §§ 2701, 2702, 2703, and 2705.
- 3/8/2015: For class on Wednesday, March 11, do NOT read the material on the Pen Register and Trap and Trace Act (pages 618-32). The new assignment is: 592-613; Supp/191-92.
- 1/28/15: Posted new version of syllabus (Version 0.95), including corrected page numbering for final version of class supplement.
- 1/21/15: For Class 4, on Monday, January 26, 2015, do not read U.S. v. Middleton, on pages 113-119, but do read the notes following Middleton. The new, full assignment is now: 76-82; 87-88 (Notes 1 and 2 only); 100-113; 119-125; Supp/120. You should also read Section 1030(a-e).
- 1/14/15: For Wednesday, January 21, 2015, in addition to the reading assigned in the syllabus, read this blog post from Orin Kerr summarizing and assessing the White House's proposals to amend the CFAA.
- 1/10/15: Posted course syllabus.
- 12/30/2014: Posted first two reading assignments.
Latest course syllabus (version 0.99) (updating final five classes of term).
First Two Readings
For the first class, on Monday, January 12th, read pages 1 to 29 of the casebook.
For the second class, on Wednesday, January 14th, read pages 29 to 51
of the casebook and pages 115 to 120 of the supplement. Because some
of you may not have the supplement yet, I have posted the six assigned
supplement pages somewhere on my website, hidden for you to find (as
an exercise to help you understand the
reading.) Click here if you need
We will use two primary texts:
You must have the latest versions of both the casebook and
the supplement (3d edition and 2015 edition, respectively). Older
versions will not do.
- First, you must possess a copy of a casebook: Orin S. Kerr, Computer Crime Law (3d ed. 2012) ISBN: 9780314281364.
- Second, you are also required to have a copy of the 2015
supplement to the casebook. It is Orin
S. Kerr, Computer
Crime Law 3d, 2015 Supplement, ISBN: 9781634592680. As of December
23, 2014, the book is still not yet in print, but the publisher
promises a January 1st publication date. The law school bookstore will
not be stocking this supplement, so you will need to find a copy
online. (If the publication date slips, I will reassess, so watch this
space for more info.)
Other Class Materials
Sample/Practice Final Exams
Past Final Exams
- Computer Crime - Spring 2013
- Computer Crime - Fall 2011
- Computer Crime - Fall 2009
- This was a very difficult exam, so don't lose heart by the amount of material presented.
- Final Exam from Fall 2009.
- Grading Rubric from Fall 2009.