Blackstone’s Criminal Law Program for the Incarcerated

BCI’s Criminal Law course introduces students to the criminal justice system and its components as well as their multifaceted role as a paralegal. The accompanying textbook, Fundamentals of Criminal Practice: Law and Procedure presents the principles of criminal law and the paralegal’s role in criminal proceedings. The course explores the basic principles of criminal law, the types of offenses, and criminal procedure from the commission of the offense to trials and their aftermath. The prosecutor’s role in initiating cases and the role of the defense attorney in defending the accused are discussed. The importance of pre-trial motions and plea bargaining is also covered. The predominance of criminal law cases within the legal system has caused an increasingly high demand for paralegals trained in this field. This course prepares students to participate in trial preparations and procedures. The course also covers homicide, assault and battery, arson, burglary, embezzlement and extortion. Students are challenged to apply their legal reasoning skills to realistic case scenarios and analysis problems.

Objectives

a. Understand criminal law and the criminal legal system of the United States.

b. Explain the paralegal’s role in the prosecution of crimes and the administration of justice in criminal proceedings.

c. Identify the components of and classification of various criminal acts.

d. Explain the elements of crimes against property, public order and safety, and justice and administration, as well as inchoate and organized crimes.

e. Explain different types of defenses and their elements.

f. Identify the paralegal’s role in the intake procedure in a prosecutor’s office and in drafting a complaint.

g. Understand the legal elements of search and seizure, including the legal use of warrants and the preparation of warrants.

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Freedom Through Education

– Research shows that continuing education improves self-esteem and self-worth in adults.

– All materials needed to successfully complete Blackstone’s Advanced Paralegal courses is provided, including a soft-covered commercial textbook and an accompanying study guide.

– Students may qualify for earned time – consult with the education director for eligibility.

– Gaining knowledge and developing skills increases opportunities for gainful employment upon release.

– Students will have access to the instructor by using the “Request for Consultation” forms located in the back of each of their study guides. Sponsors can email us at info@blackstone.edu with any questions on behalf of the student.

-Nationally and Regionally accredited, Blackstone Career Institute strives to achieve the highest standards of school performance and student results along with compliance to all agency Standards and Code of Ethics. This is your assurance that we provide our students a quality education.

Material Included in Your Criminal Law Program

Fundamentals of Criminal Practice: Law and Procedure, by Thomas E. McClure and Thomas E. Eimermann, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (Aspen College Series), ISBN: 9781543810790

Blackstone’s Advanced Paralegal Courses include all materials needed: a commercial textbook and an accompanying study guide. This material is mailed the following business day after the student has enrolled. It is shipped via U.S.P.S. with tracking.

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Blackstone’s Criminal Law Program for the Incarcerated

BCI’s Criminal Law course introduces students to the criminal justice system and its components as well as their multifaceted role as a paralegal. The accompanying textbook, Fundamentals of Criminal Practice: Law and Procedure presents the principles of criminal law and the paralegal’s role in criminal proceedings. The course explores the basic principles of criminal law, the types of offenses, and criminal procedure from the commission of the offense to trials and their aftermath. The prosecutor’s role in initiating cases and the role of the defense attorney in defending the accused are discussed. The importance of pre-trial motions and plea bargaining is also covered. The predominance of criminal law cases within the legal system has caused an increasingly high demand for paralegals trained in this field. This course prepares students to participate in trial preparations and procedures. The course also covers homicide, assault and battery, arson, burglary, embezzlement and extortion. Students are challenged to apply their legal reasoning skills to realistic case scenarios and analysis problems.

Objectives

a. Understand criminal law and the criminal legal system of the United States.

b. Explain the paralegal’s role in the prosecution of crimes and the administration of justice in criminal proceedings.

c. Identify the components of and classification of various criminal acts.

d. Explain the elements of crimes against property, public order and safety, and justice and administration, as well as inchoate and organized crimes.

e. Explain different types of defenses and their elements.

f. Identify the paralegal’s role in the intake procedure in a prosecutor’s office and in drafting a complaint.

g. Understand the legal elements of search and seizure, including the legal use of warrants and the preparation of warrants.

Continue Reading >

Freedom Through Education

– Research shows that continuing education improves self-esteem and self-worth in adults.

– All materials needed to successfully complete Blackstone’s Advanced Paralegal courses is provided, including a soft-covered commercial textbook and an accompanying study guide.

– Students may qualify for earned time – consult with the education director for eligibility.

– Gaining knowledge and developing skills increases opportunities for gainful employment upon release.

– Students will have access to the instructor by using the “Request for Consultation” forms located in the back of each of their study guides. Sponsors can email us at info@blackstone.edu with any questions on behalf of the student.

-Nationally and Regionally accredited, Blackstone Career Institute strives to achieve the highest standards of school performance and student results along with compliance to all agency Standards and Code of Ethics. This is your assurance that we provide our students a quality education.

Material Included in Your Criminal Law Program

Fundamentals of Criminal Practice: Law and Procedure, by Thomas E. McClure and Thomas E. Eimermann, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (Aspen College Series), ISBN: 9781543810790

Blackstone’s Advanced Paralegal Courses include all materials needed: a commercial textbook and an accompanying study guide. This material is mailed the following business day after the student has enrolled. It is shipped via U.S.P.S. with tracking.

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Available Payment Plans

1. You can choose to pay the $396 tuition in full or;

2. We offer a payment plan with a 100% approval rate for our advanced paralegal courses—you will pay a $160.00 down payment & 4 monthly payments of $59.00.

International Student Policy:

International, Alaskan, Hawaiian and Canadian students are required to participate under the full payment plan only. There is an additional charge for shipping/handling of all materials. Please refer to the International Training page for requirements or call (800) 826-9228 prior to enrollment. AK, HI, Canadian and international students may be required to pay extra duties required by customs authorities at the time of receipt of study material.)
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Blackstone has a long history of providing high quality, affordable and accessible education to incarcerated individuals. We believe in freedom through education evidenced by thousands of our incarcerated students and graduates who have changed their lives by choosing to take a course with Blackstone Career Institute.

â—Ź BCI Payment Plans Our all-inclusive online certificate programs offer payment plans with no interest.

● Sponsorship You can support an incarcerated individual's educational goals by enrolling them in any of our Advanced Paralegal Courses. Student's can take more than one course at a time. As their sponsor, you will have access to the student's account information once they are enrolled. If you have questions about becoming a sponsor, please email us at info@blackstone.edu

 

Each Advanced course is shipped via U.S.P.S. and is self-paced. Students have 6 months to complete their course. Blackstone requires students provide a copy of their High School Diploma or GED. 

 

Is your school accredited?

Yes. Blackstone Career Institute is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), and regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools. Accreditation assures the public that our curriculum, faculty, administrative procedures and polices meet the accrediting agencies’ exceptionally high standards. To better understand the value of accreditation, read this document published by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

 


 

Can these courses be used for continuing education?

Yes, these certificate courses have been designed for the purpose of professional growth, personal enrichment and continuing education. They are approved by our national and regional accreditors, however they are separate from our Pennsylvania licensure. If you are a Certified Paralegal (CP) through NALA, the National Association of Legal Assistants, each advanced course is worth 20 hours toward the 50 hours of Continuing Legal Education needed for paralegal recertification.

 


 

How much is tuition?

You can choose to pay the $396 tuition in full or; We offer a payment plan with a 100% approval rate for our advanced paralegal courses—you will pay a $160.00 down payment & 4 monthly payments of $59.00.

 


 

Are there physical textbooks included in the program?

Yes! Students will receive one commercial textbook and one Blackstone Study Guide to complete all of the exams. This material is shipped all-together the following business day after the student has registered.

 


 

How do I enroll?

Sponsors can enroll an incarcerated individual into the program by clicking here or calling our student service center Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM EST at 800.826.9228. Blackstone has open-enrollment, so sponsors can enroll the student in the course anytime, 24/7/365.

 


 

How are course materials mailed?

Students who enroll in an Advanced Course can expect one shipment which will include everything they need for the program. This shipment is sent with tracking through the United States Postal Service. Typical Shipping Time is 7-10 business days. The materials include a commercial textbook valued at $160 and a Blackstone Study Guide. 

 

Students choose to take our course for a variety of reasons. They realize the value of continuing their education, they want to become more knowledgeable in understanding their own case, or they want to show the parole board they are working for positive change.

 

- Lower rate of recidivism

- Higher self-esteem

- A means to transition into society.

- Increased Employment Prospects.

- More marketable job skills.

 


 

Our Advanced Paralegal Courses are designed for both professional development and to meet the continuing legal education (CLE) needs of practicing paralegals. Each advanced paralegal studies course has been reviewed by NALS - the association of legal professionals, and can be applied to the five-year PLS and PP recertification.

If you are a Certified Paralegal (CP) through NALA, the National Association of Legal Assistants, each advanced course is worth 20 hours toward the 50 hours of Continuing Legal Education needed for paralegal recertification.

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