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PLA333 Criminal Law I

Lead Faculty: Dr. Bryan Hance

Course Description

Examines criminal law, including the criminal legal system, what constitutes a crime, the elements of crimes, inchoate crimes, and criminal defenses.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the differences between a civil and criminal case.
  • Examine and explain what constitutes a crime, including actus reus and mens rea.
  • Analyze the elements of common crimes.
  • Evaluate the different defenses and how they apply in a criminal case.
  • Analyze how ethical rules apply to paralegals in a criminal law practice.

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.