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Criminal Law

If you are a paralegal with an interest in criminal law, you’ll want to know that the demand for this specialized expertise is soaring! Are you ready to move up in your firm? Consider this advanced paralegal course to learn more about trial preparations and procedures. Learn about the criminal justice system and its components as well as your multifaceted role as a paralegal. You’ll become familiar with the principles of criminal law and the paralegal’s role in criminal proceedings. You will explore the basic principles of criminal law, the types of offenses, and criminal procedure from the commission of the offense to trials and their aftermath. You will discover both the prosecutor’s role in initiating cases and the role of the defense attorney in defending the accused. The importance of pre-trial motions and plea bargaining is also covered.

  • Prerequisite: High School or General Equivalency Diploma
  • Study Method: E-books with online study guides and exams
  • Program Length: Completion time ranges from 4-6 months, with students given the option of up to 6 months if needed. Students must satisfy all academic and financial obligations to graduate from their program.

  • To understand criminal law and the criminal legal system of the United States.
  • To explain the paralegal’s role in the prosecution of crimes and the administration of justice in criminal proceedings.
  • To identify the components of and classification of various criminal acts.
  • To explain the elements of crimes against property, public order and safety, and justice and administration, as well as inchoate and organized crimes.
  • To explain different types of defenses and their elements.
  • To identify the paralegal’s role in the intake procedure in a prosecutor’s office and in drafting a complaint.
  • To understand the legal elements of search and seizure, including the legal use of warrants and the preparation of warrants.
  • To discuss a defendant’s rights concerning confession.
  • To explain and understand the paralegal’s role in pretrial procedures from initial appearance to pretrial conference.
  • To describe the paralegal’s duties and tasks during the trial procedure.
  • To understand terms and forms of sentencing and punishment procedures.

Criminal Law Curriculum

Criminal Law Course Materials

Blackstone will provide you with the following tools for your success in the Criminal Law course, all of which are included in your tuition:

Criminal Law Online Study Guide

Your e-book is delivered via VitalSource, one of the most popular and user-friendly e-textbook platforms for higher education. With VitalSource, you can change the page layout to suit your reading needs and easily search for keywords, tables and graphics throughout the text. You also have access to highlighting and note tools to help you make the most of your studies. You have the ability to work online or off…wherever it is convenient for you! Click here to learn more about the benefits of VitalSource e-books.

Fundamentals of Criminal Practice: Law and Procedure, 2012, by Thomas E. McClure and Thomas E. Eimermann. ISBN 9781454809692

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