LSTD+400+syllabus July 2016 - School of Security and Global...

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School of Security and Global Studies Legal Studies Program Course LSTD400 Criminal Legal Process 3 Credit Hours 8 Weeks Prerequisite(s): None Table of Contents Instructor Information Evaluation Procedures Course Description Grading Scale Course Scope Course Outline Course Objectives Policies Course Delivery Method Academic Services Course Materials Selected Bibliography Instructor Information Instructor: See information provided in the Syllabus link in the classroom Email: Please use internal classroom messaging system Table of Contents Course Description (Catalog) A comprehensive overview of the processes involved in the use of criminal evidence including rules of evidence; arrests, searches, and seizures; interrogations, confessions, and nontestimonial evidence, impeachment and cross-examination of witnesses; opinion evidence; hearsay evidence; and articles and exhibits of evidence. Table of Contents Course Scope This is a procedural law course which includes an overview of the law of arrests, search, and seizure, the making of bail, adjudication, pre- and post-trial activities and the nature of plea bargaining. Substantial emphasis is given the constitutional protections afforded through the Bill of Rights. This course examines procedures used by American police, 1
prosecutors, and courts to bring criminal cases to trial and explores some of the defendant’s rights at trial and on appeal. The course will consider the Common Law, constitutional, and statutory bases of procedural practices in American criminal law. Topics discussed in this course include: federal and state court structure; constitutional concepts including due process of law, equal protection, probable cause, and reasonable suspicion; defendant’s rights including the right to counsel, the privilege against self-incrimination, and the right to a fair trial. Table of Contents Course Objectives After completing this course the Student will be able to: 1. Define the meaning of Due Process in the Criminal System. 2. Paraphrase the history and purposes of the Fourth Amendment. 3. Classify the various exceptions to the requirement to obtain a warrant before search or seizure. 4. Describe the components of a reasonablearrest. 5. Outline the proper procedures necessary to obtain a search warrant. 6. Examine the nature and role of confessions in the criminal system.

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