Course Summary
Credit Type:
ACE Course Number:
24 weeks (126 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 criminal law and procedure


The course objective is to present the latest laws, regulations, and practices in the field, delivering extensive coverage of every aspect of the law and detailing the duties a paralegal is expected to perform.

Learning Outcomes:

  • compare and contrast federal and state authorities in criminal law
  • identify and describe the objectives of criminal law
  • define the two basic elements of most crimes, mens rea and actus reus
  • analyze contemporary legal issues concerning death and suicide
  • describe the major provisions in the Constitution of the United States and its amendments that apply in the criminal context

General Course Topics:

  • Legal system of the United States
  • Introduction to criminal law
  • The two essential elements
  • Crimes against the person
  • Crimes against property and habitation
  • Crimes against the public
  • Parties and inchoate offenses
  • Factual and statutory defenses
  • Constitutional defenses
  • Introduction and participants
  • Aspects of criminal procedure
  • Searches, seizures, and arrests
  • Law enforcement practices
  • The pretrial process
  • Trial
  • Sentencing and appeal
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training

Methods of Assessment:

  • Quizzes
  • Proctored Final Examination

Minimum Passing Score:

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