University of the District of Columbia
Understanding criminal law and how it impacts your career in law enforcement is key to breaking into the field. This course bundle will help you understand the all major areas of crime and how to use basic Spanish to navigate these situations. Each lesson in the Criminal Law section features A View from the Inside — compelling information about the criminal justice system, in the words of actual people who experience it every day. In the Spanish Fundamentals section, you will practice using basic Spanish phrases to communicate with Spanish-speaking victims, witnesses or criminals.
Suite bundles are not eligible for partial drops or refunds. Transfers to other open sessions of the same course are available. Please refer to your school for additional details regarding drops, transfers, and refunds on Suite bundles.
How the course is taught
- Instructor-led online course
- 48 course hours
- Introduction to Criminal Law
- Introduction to Criminal Law
- Murder by Degrees
- More Crimes Against Persons
- Principals, Accessories, and Attempt
- Sex Crimes
- Crimes Against Property
- Drug Crimes
- Crimes Against Justice
- The Trial
- Insanity and Constitutional Defenses
- Sentencing and Appeal
- Spanish for Law Enforcement
- Speaking, Spelling, and Counting in Spanish
- Family, Pronouns, and Easy Conversational Phrases
- Colors, Directional Words, and Numbers From 20 to 199
- Easy Verbs
- Vocabulary for Describing People, Objects, and Feelings
- Words for Describing People's Appearance, Clothes, and the Weather
- Time, the Calendar, and Body Parts
- Talking About Places and Things
- Legal and Illegal Professions
- Describing Vehicles and Traffic Violations
- Dealing With Criminal Suspects
- More Words for Handling Emergency and Nonemergency Situations
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.
Tara Bradley Williams
Tara Bradley Williams has authored several Spanish textbooks and occupational Spanish reference guides, including the "¡A Conversar!" and "¡A Trabajar!" series. She taught Spanish and English as a Second Language at the high school and community college levels for over 10 years. She has also operated a Spanish language school and served as a medical interpreter. Tara has BA degrees in Spanish and Sociology from St. Norbert College and an MA in Higher Education and Adult Studies from the University of Denver. She has studied Spanish at the Universidad de Ortega y Gasset in Toledo, Spain and has lived and traveled extensively in Spain and Latin America.
Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- PC: Windows 8 or later.
- Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens every month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a course 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.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you're encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.