LAWS165 Criminal Procedure for the Paralegal (Experimental)

Department of Business Studies: Paralegal/Law

I. Course Number and Title
LAWS165 Criminal Procedure for the Paralegal (Experimental)
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
LAWS100 (C or better) or LAWS110 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course offers an overview of criminal procedure for the paralegal by focusing on criminal investigation, legal pleadings, discovery, and trial preparation. Law office management will also be stressed. Students also learn about bail arraignment, alternate resolutions, pretrial motions, trial skills, sentencing, and ethical challenges.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. explain the elements of criminal procedure and practice as they relate to criminal arrests in local state and federal courts from both the prosecution and defendant standpoint;
    2. demonstrate the role of the paralegal in assisting an attorney or group of attorneys in the prosecution or defense of a criminal action, including the drafting of documents and pursuit of pretrial discovery; and
    3. illustrate the unique ethical and legal rules that apply to the practice of criminal law.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Each of the below topics will be researched and discussed by looking at the law and the paralegals role in preparing a defense or assisting the prosecution in building a case. We will research and discuss the paralegals role in preparing motions, conducting interviews and assistant attorneys with all aspects of trial preparation.

    1. Introduction to Course, Introduction to the Practice and Procedure of Criminal Law
    2. Arrest and Search and Seizure
    3. Post Arrest and Grand Jury
    4. Evidence
    5. Interrogation, Confessions, and Miranda
    6. Arraignment and Discovery
    7. Principals, Accessories, and Attempt
    8. Crimes Against the Person
    9. Sex Crimes Cases
    10. Property Crimes
    11. Crimes Against Public Order
    12. Trial
    13. Defenses
    14. Sentencing and Appeal
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    • 3 exams
    • Written assignments
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    • Textbook
    • BB Vista
    • Various court cases, police reports, newspaper and journal articles

Review/Approval Date: unavailable; New Core 8/2015