Welcome to the Companion website

This site is intended to enhance your use of Essential Criminal Law, Second Edition, by Matthew Lippman. Please note that all the materials on this site are especially geared toward maximizing your understanding of the material


Essential Criminal Law, Second Edition equips students with a foundational and practical understanding of criminal law in the United States, as well as encourages strong legal reasoning skills for students with no prior exposure to case law. Award-winning professor and bestselling author Matthew Lippman guides students through the complexities of the legal system using thought-provoking examples of real-life crimes and legal defenses, along with highly approachable case analyses. Updated with the most current developments in criminal law and public policy, the new edition takes students beyond the classroom and prepares them to apply criminal law in today’s legal world.


We gratefully acknowledge Matthew Lippman for writing an excellent text and for reviewing the assets on this site. Special thanks are also due to Valencia Davis and Tim Kozyra for creating the ancillaries on this site.