Professor Joseph L. Hoffmann, J.D.

Professor Joseph L. Hoffmann
  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law
  • University of Washington School of Law
Criminal law has become the sole province of the government acting on behalf of society as a whole, rather than on behalf of the crime victims.

Joseph L. Hoffmann is the Harry Pratter Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he has taught since 1986. He received a J.D. (cum laude) from the University of Washington School of Law. After law school, Professor Hoffmann clerked for the Honorable Phyllis A. Kravitch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and for then-associate justice William H. Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Professor Hoffmann is a nationally recognized scholar in the fields of criminal law, criminal procedure, habeas corpus, and the death penalty. He was a co-principal investigator for the Capital Jury Project, the largest empirical project ever to study jury decision making in capital cases, and has been a consultant in criminal and death penalty cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

At Indiana University, Professor Hoffmann has been recognized with the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, the Leon H. Wallace Teaching Award, the Trustees’ Teaching Award, the Teaching Excellence Recognition Award, and the Gavel Award.

Professor Hoffmann is the co-author of two of the leading casebooks used by law students across the United States: Defining Crimes and Comprehensive Criminal Procedure. In 2007, Professor Hoffmann appeared in the PBS series The Supreme Court.

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  1. Books that Matter: The Federalist Papers Sale

    Books that Matter: The Federalist Papers

    Joseph L. Hoffmann
    4.8 out of 5
    85% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (35)
    Save up to $185.00 Starting at $29.95 $229.95 $29.95$229.95
    Books That Matter: The Federalist Papers gives you the chance to delve into one of the most influential guides to the U.S. Constitution. Taught by acclaimed professor and legal scholar Joseph L. Hoffmann of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, these 12 thought-provoking lectures unpack the 85 brilliant essays by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay that serve essentially as the Bible of American...
  2. Law School for Everyone: Litigation, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, and Torts

    Law School for Everyone: Litigation, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, and Torts

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    4.6 out of 5
    87% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (113)
    Starting at $435.95 Starting at $435.95 $599.95 $435.95$599.95
    Get the same foundational knowledge as other lawyers—without the time and financial commitment of law school. In the 48 lectures of Law School for Everyone: Litigation, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, and Torts, four exceptional law professors recreate key parts of the first-year law student experience, introducing you to the areas of law most every beginning student studies: litigation and legal practice, criminal...
  3. (Set) Law School for Everyone & Critical Business Skills for Success Set

    (Set) Law School for Everyone & Critical Business Skills for Success

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $639.90 Starting at $639.90 $1,324.90 $639.90$1,324.90
    Take your first steps towards higher education at your own pace with this two-course set that gives you the basis for a JD and an MBA. Get a fundamental education in American law—just like a first-year law student with Law School for Everyone. Then, get a well-rounded business education that brings the MBA experience right to you with Critical Business Skills for Success.
  4. (SET) White Collar Criminal Law Explained & Law School for Everyone Set

    (SET) White Collar Criminal Law Explained & Law School for Everyone

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $685.90 Starting at $685.90 $899.90 $685.90$899.90
    In this two-course set, enjoy an accessible survey of the American legal system taught by professors from some of America’s greatest law schools. In White Collar Criminal Law Explained, explore the legally treacherous terrain of conspiracy, bribery, money laundering, mail and wire fraud, obstruction of justice, and other white collar crimes. And in Law School for Everyone: Litigation, Criminal Law, Civil...
  5. (SET) Books That Matter & Great Debate Set

    (SET) Books That Matter & Great Debate

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $459.90 $349.90$459.90
    The U.S. Constitution was forged in a furnace of ideas about what shape the newly independent colonies should take. Join the debate for yourself with this two-course set that pairs Books That Matter: The Federalist Papers with Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution. In the first course, dive into the 85 essays that argued for the ratification of the Constitution and learn what they can...
  6. (SET) Books That Matter & America’s Founding Fathers Set

    (SET) Books That Matter & America’s Founding Fathers

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $659.90 $549.90$659.90
    Experience the struggle to establish the United States of America with this two-course set delivered by two master historians. In Books That Matter: The Federalist Papers, dive into the 85 essays that argued for the ratification of the Constitution and learn what they can tell us about the American government both at its founding and today. Then, in America’s Founding Fathers, use political giants like Thomas...
  7. (Set) Law School for Everyone & Law School for Everyone & Law School for Everyone Set

    (Set) Law School for Everyone & Law School for Everyone & Law School for Everyone

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $835.85 Starting at $835.85 $1,059.85 $835.85$1,059.85
    In this three-course set, join acclaimed law professors as they give you an introduction to American law that will help make you a more informed citizen. First, in Law School for Everyone: Legislation and Regulation, untangle the complexities of the regulatory process, statutory interpretation, and other ways laws are made and enforced. Then, in Law School for Everyone: Constitutional Law, discover how lawyers make...
  8. (Set) Law School for Everyone & The Modern Political Tradition Set

    (Set) Law School for Everyone & The Modern Political Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $519.90 Starting at $519.90 $1,029.90 $519.90$1,029.90
    As you’ll discover in this riveting two-course set, the social and political laws of the land are constantly shifting and evolving. Get a fundamental education in American law with Law School for Everyone. Then, The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas is your opportunity to navigate the labyrinth of Western political and social theory.
  9. (Set) Law School for Everyone & An Introduction to Formal Logic Set

    (Set) Law School for Everyone & An Introduction to Formal Logic

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $685.90 Starting at $685.90 $899.90 $685.90$899.90
    Law and logic don’t naturally fit together but as you’ll discover in this useful two-course set, these topics go hand in hand when put into practical applications. You’ll learn how to think, talk, and apply logic like a lawyer though the 48 lectures of Law School for Everyone. Then, learn logic from the ground up with An Introduction to Formal Logic.
  10. (SET) Books That Matter & Investigating American Presidents Set

    (SET) Books That Matter & Investigating American Presidents

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $459.90 $399.90$459.90
    With this two-course set, explore the struggle over defining and interpreting the U.S. Constitution—both before its founding and today in the 21st century. First, dive into the 85 essays that argued for the ratification of the Constitution and learn what they can tell us about the American government both at its founding and today with Books That Matter: The Federalist Papers. Then, in the 12 eye-opening lectures...
  11. (SET) Books That Matter & Law School for Everyone Set on sale

    (SET) Books That Matter & Law School for Everyone

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $384.00 Starting at $48.90 $459.90 $48.90$459.90
    The United States of America would be nothing without the U.S. Constitution—and these two courses are you chance to explore this document in its entirety. First, dive into the 85 essays that argued for the ratification of the Constitution and learn what they can tell us about the American government both at its founding and today in Books That Matter: The Federalist Papers. Then, examine the area of law that...
  12. (SET) Getting Your Legal House in Order & Law School for Everyone Set

    (SET) Getting Your Legal House in Order & Law School for Everyone

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $585.90 Starting at $585.90 $829.90 $585.90$829.90
    Learn how to make sense of fundamental aspects of American law just like a legal expert with these two practical and accessible courses. In in Getting Your Legal House in Order, get a practical, accessible, and encouraging look at what you need to do to secure your finances, your home, your health care, and your future. And in Law School for Everyone: Litigation, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, and Torts, approach...
  13. (Set) Law School for Everyone & Latin 101 Set

    (Set) Law School for Everyone & Latin 101

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $785.90 Starting at $785.90 $1,029.90 $785.90$1,029.90
    Delve into the foundations of civilization with this two-course set. Get a fundamental education in law through 48 lectures with Law School for Everyone. Then, study the roots and context of many of these terms by exploring the wonderful world of Latin, an immensely rewarding discipline that trains, enhances, and strengthens critical thinking with Latin 101: Learning a Classical Language.
  14. (SET) Books That Matter & The Age of Benjamin Franklin Set

    (SET) Books That Matter & The Age of Benjamin Franklin

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $529.90 $449.90$529.90
    In Books That Matter: The Federalist Papers, dive into the 85 essays that argued for the ratification of the Constitution and learn what they can tell us about the American government both at its founding and today. Then, focus on one of the Constitution’s authors in The Age of Benjamin Franklin, a thorough (and sometimes surprising) course that presents a full portrait of a personality that defies easy...
  15. (SET) Liberty on Trial in America & Law School for Everyone: Litigation, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, and Torts Set

    (SET) Liberty on Trial in America & Law School for Everyone: Litigation, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, and Torts

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $685.90 Starting at $685.90 $899.90 $685.90$899.90
    Make sense of how American law works with this two-course set that offers you both a targeted look at the legal concept of freedom and a more comprehensive study of four important legal principles. In Liberty on Trial in America: Cases That Defined Freedom, go behind the scenes of the trials that brought us many of the freedoms and civil liberties we enjoy today, including those of Anne Hutchinson and Susan B....
  16. (Set) The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us & Law School for Everyone Set

    (Set) The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us & Law School for Everyone

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $899.90 $489.90$899.90
    Learn law like never before with this two-course set. Start by reviewing The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us. Then, master four of the most important subjects of first-year law education with Law School for Everyone.
  17. (Set) Law School for Everyone & The Surveillance State Set

    (Set) Law School for Everyone & The Surveillance State

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $899.90 $489.90$899.90
    Take an in-depth look at the ins and outs of our legal system with this two-course set. Learn the fundamentals of U.S. law without having to go to law school in 48 lectures delivered by four exceptional lawyers and professors in Law School for Everyone. Then, tackle the tough questions about surveillance and data in the 21st century with The Surveillance State: Big Data, Freedom, and You.