LAWS165 Criminal Procedure for the Paralegal

Department of Business Studies: Paralegal/Law

I. Course Number and Title
LAWS165 Criminal Procedure for the Paralegal
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
2250
IV. Prerequisites
LAWS100 (C or better)
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course utilizes a learning management space to supplement course materials.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course offers an overview of criminal procedure for the paralegal by focusing on crimes against persons, crimes against property, summary offenses, misdemeanors and felonies, as well as state and federal crimes.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. Understand and discuss the elements of criminal procedure and practice as they relate to crimes against persons, crimes against property, summary offenses, misdemeanors and felonies, as well as state and federal crimes;
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of the various concepts of criminal procedure, including substantive and procedural law, constitutional questions, rights of the parties and the subsequent ethical challenges; and
    3. Evaluate the role of the paralegal in assisting an attorney in the prosecution or defense of a criminal action.
  • Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    The following topics are presented:
    1. Crimes against persons
    2. Crimes against property
    3. Summary offenses
    4. Misdemeanors and felonies
    5. State crimes
    6. Federal crimes
  • Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Exams, quizzes, classroom exercises, class or online participation, and/or projects as specified by the area faculty and described in the individual instructor's course syllabus are utilized.
  • Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.
  • Review/Approval Date:12/2015; New Core 8/2015; Revised 12/2015