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RACE Ipsa Loquitur: Race, Poverty & Criminal Prosecution: Introduction

Student Guide Author

Darrion Walker is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law.

This guide has been created in support of Professor Diamond's Advanced Legal Research class for Fall 2012. The contents of this guide should not be taken as legal advice or as the work product of MU Law librarians.

Introduction (Subject)

This guide provides an overview of criminal law, particularly in the area of criminal prosecution. It functions as an overall guide to criminal prosecution as a career, and includes the joys and demands of the job. Some of the materials included will support the role of prosecutors in society to the fullest extent, others will examine the role of the prosecutor and call for reform in the criminal justice system. The goal of this research guide is to ensure that the student considering a career in this area of the law will be equipped with as much knowledge about career prosecution as possible, so that she may make an informed decision about prosecution as a career choice.

Additionally, this guide functions as a resource for the law student in terms of excelling on law school exams and in extra-curricular activities, such as mock trial, where knowledge and use of excellent prosecutorial advocacy skills is key.

Research Strategy

I suggest starting with books on the subject of race and criminal prosecution or any book referencing mass incarceration. Such sources will, as in this case, lead to many other reputable sources that will allow for expansion into the subject matter. For me, attempting to research this topic via databased like Westlaw or Lexis was futile. I believe the futility of such a search was due to the more policy-centered nature of this topic. As such, it was better for me to start with books and branch out from there. One book that was particularly helpful was Paul Butler's, 'Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice,' described at-right.

Criminal Prosecution Books