Criminal Law: An Integrated Approach



Criminal Law: An Integrated Approach is a new textbook designed for a first-year law school course in criminal law. Its aim is to present an accurate overview of American criminal law as it operates in the twenty-first century, with attention to racial disparities and other inequalities and to the features of criminal law that produce these inequalities. The book covers basic principles of criminal liability and introduces students to standard definitions of property crimes, crimes against the person, and drug and gun offenses. Its approach is integrated in that students learn these areas of “substantive” law in context with the official decision-making that is crucial to the operation of criminal law in practice: criminalization, enforcement, and adjudication decisions. By examining the ways in which written texts, such as statutes or judicial opinions, do and do not constrain official decisions, the book offers an opportunity to understand how mass incarceration and patterns of racial disparity have arisen and been sustained. The ebook offers embedded multiple-choice questions to help students understand and apply the material as they learn it.

Note from CALI, August 09, 2022 September 09, 2022 - The book is designed for a one semester law school course. The first six eight chapters are available now. The remaining chapters, along with print editions, will be available in mid-October and will be automatically included in the version available at To be notified when the entire book is completed, please email dquentel at cali dot org. 

Volume 1: Chapters 1 - 8:  382 pages in PDF

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