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PLG 211: Criminal Law

Course Description

This course will focus on an overview of the criminal justice system. Topics include: legal principles, practical legal skills, legal terms, and concepts. Students will become familiar with the Practice Book and learn how a defendant works his way through the criminal justice system. (3 credits)

Prerequisite

  • None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Outline the relationship between Criminal Law and the administration of criminal justice with the role of the paralegal
  2. Describe the judicial process and define legal terms
  3. Summarize the process that a criminal defendant goes through from arrest to sentencing
  4. Examine the components of a crime
  5. Distinguish between crimes against persons, habitation, and property
  6. Outline the relationship between public order and safety, public morals, justice and public administration, and inchoate and organized crimes
  7. Describe the complaint process
  8. Examine the processes of search and seizure, and arrest to pretrial conference
  9. Explain the trial process, including rights, procedure, tasks and sentencing, punishment, and review

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

AssignmentsWeight

Discussions (Weeks 1-7)

25%

Mid-term Exam (Week 4)

20%

Midterm Project (Week 4)

15%

Final Project (Week 8)

15%

Final Exam (Week 8)

25%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through https://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/vbm/vb_home.php?FVCUSNO=35478
  • McCord, James W.H. Criminal Law and Procedure; A Systems Approach. 4th ed. Delmar Learning, 2012. ISBN-10: 1-4354-4016-1 or ISBN-13: 978-1-4354-4016-6

Additional Resources

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignments

1

1, 2

Topics: Foundations of Criminal Law and the administration of criminal justice and the role of the paralegal

  • Chapters 1 & 2
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussion regarding the three fact patterns
  • Review the Lecture material

2

4

Topic: Components of a Crime and Crimes against persons and against Habitation

  • Chapters 3 & 4
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

3

5, 6

Topics: Crimes Against Property, Public Order and Safety, Public Morals, and Justice and Public Administration and Inchoate and Organized Crimes

  • Chapters 5 & 6
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Review judicial branch website regarding criminal jury instructions on Attempt, Accessory, Conspiracy
  • Midterm Project Assigned

4

1-6

Topic: Midterm

  • Complete Midterm (Chapters 1-6)
  • Submit Midterm Project

5

7

Topics: Defenses and Intake and Drafting the Complaint

  • Chapters 7 & 8
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Review sample charging documents (“The Information”)

6

8

Topics: Search and Seizure and Arrest to Pretrial Conference

  • Chapters 9 & 12
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

7

3, 9

Topics: Pretrial:Grand Jury to Pretrial Conference; Trial: Rights, Procedure, Tasks and Sentencing, Punishment, and Review

  • Chapters 13, 14 & 15
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Final Project Assigned

8

1-9

Topic: Final

  • Complete Final Exam (Chapters 1-9, 12-14)
  • Submit Final Project

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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