Essentials of Criminal Law

Course Description

Covers criminal law and procedure, including crimes and their defenses, constitutional protections, and criminal litigation practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss key principles of criminal law and procedure.
  • Identify issues in a criminal law problem.
  • Apply key principles of criminal law to resolve legal issues.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the important elements of and defenses to crimes.
  • Explain how the U.S. Constitution impacts criminal law and procedure.
  • Understand basic ethical principles applicable to paralegals in a criminal law practice.

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