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Introduction to Criminal Law

Criminal law is one of the most fascinating areas of legal practice. The instructor--a former major-felony prosecutor who has appeared on Court TV--gives a behind the scenes look at criminal law by examining the world of prosecutors, defense attorneys, and the paralegals who work closely with them.

You will examine all major areas of crime: from theft to murder, conspiracy to sexual assault. The trial of a criminal case will be dissected and explained for you. You'll also explore the various types of criminal defenses, sentencing, and appeals procedures. A variety of exercises based on the lessons will give you a hands-on experience. Each lesson will also feature A View from the Inside -- compelling information about the criminal justice system, in the words of actual people who experience it every day.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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Introduction to Criminal Law Details + Objective

Course Code: icl

You Will Learn
  • Examine all major areas of crime: from theft to murder, conspiracy to sexual assault
  • Fully understand the trial of a criminal case will be dissected and explained for you
  • Explore the various types of criminal defenses, sentencing, and appeals procedures
  • Gain experience with hands-on criminal justice exercises
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Gain knowledge of common legal issues and terms and become more confident discussing legal matters
  • Get a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system and how it works to determine whether or not you’d like to pursue a career
Introduction to Criminal Law Outline
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Week 1

Examine the basic features of criminal law, including how this area of law differs from every other. You'll find this first look at the important aspects of the American criminal justice system very valuable! Then, you’ll examine the basic elements of a murder case, as well as other crimes against people.

Week 2

In this lesson, we'll continue our examination into crimes against people by exploring the world of assault and battery as well as kidnapping and stalking. You'll also take a close look at some of the most common myths people believe about prosecuting crimes of violence. Then, examine the roles of principles and accessories, and how prosecutors charge gang members and others who conspire to commit a crime.

Week 3

Go behind the legal definition to use plain language to define exactly what the elements of rape are, then we'll look at how prosecutors charge sexual offenders. We'll also try to understand child molestation and the impact that these crimes have on their victims. Then, explore the crimes of burglary and fraud.

Week 4

In this lesson, you'll learn how prosecutors and police investigate, charge, and convict people who sell narcotics. We’ll examine in detail the concepts of possession of illegal narcotics, drug paraphernalia, crack cocaine, and other illegal substances. You’ll also learn the basic steps to follow to bring a bribery or obstruction of justice charge.

Week 5

Go beyond what television presents and see how a real trial proceeds from start to finish. Then examine the role of different defenses and dispel some common myths about criminal defenses.

Week 6

Step behind the headlines and examine the real details—not only about how to raise an insanity defense, but also looking at what the statistics have to say about the success of this defense. Finally, you’ll conclude the course with a look at the appeals process.

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Introduction to Criminal Law Instructors
Neal Bevans

Neal Bevans is a former Assistant District Attorney. A veteran of over 150 trials, Bevans has tried every major felony from rape, murder, and narcotics to armed robbery. One of his cases was televised nationally on Court TV. He has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia (Order of the Barrister) and has been a college instructor for over 10 years. He has also presented numerous seminars to medical professionals about the legal field, including training seminars for legal nurse consultants and sexual assault nurse examiners. In addition to practicing real estate law, he also worked as a title examiner and bought and sold real estate investment properties. An author of fiction and nonfiction material, his textbook Criminal Law and Procedure for Paralegals, was published in 2002. His second textbook, Tort Law for Legal Assistants, was published in 2003. He has also published numerous magazine articles about many aspects of the legal and medical fields, including articles focusing on developing a legal nurse consulting practice. He is also a contributing columnist to Legal Assistant Today magazine.

Introduction to Criminal Law Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Introduction to Criminal Law Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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