LAWS165 Criminal Procedure for the Paralegal
Department of Business Studies: Paralegal/Law
Course Number and TitleLAWS165 Criminal Procedure for the Paralegal (Experimental)
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250
PrerequisitesLAWS100 (C or better) or LAWS110 (C or better)
Other Pertinent InformationNone
Catalog Course DescriptionThis 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.
Required Course Content and Direction
- 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.
- 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.
- Illustrate the unique ethical and legal rules that apply to the practice of criminal law.
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.
- Introduction to course, Introduction to the Practice and Procedure of Criminal Law
- Arrest and Search and Seizure
- Post Arrest and Grand Jury
- Interrogation, Confessions and Miranda
- Arraignment and Discovery
- Principals, Accessories and Attempt
- Crimes Against the Person
- Sex Crimes Cases
- Property Crimes
- Crimes Against Public Order
- Sentencing and Appeal
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- 3 Exams
- Written Assignments
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:
- BB Vista
- Various court cases, police reports, newspaper and journal articles
Teaching Methods EmployedSection VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.
Review/Approval Date: unavailable