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School of Security and Global StudiesLegal Studies ProgramCourse LSTD400 Criminal Legal Process3 Credit Hours8 WeeksPrerequisite(s): NoneTable of ContentsInstructor InformationEvaluation ProceduresCourse DescriptionGrading ScaleCourse ScopeCourse OutlineCourse ObjectivesPoliciesCourse Delivery MethodAcademic Services Course MaterialsSelected Bibliography Instructor Information Instructor:See information provided in the Syllabus link in the classroomEmail:Please use internal classroom messaging systemTable 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 ContentsCourse ScopeThis 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 rightsincluding the right to counsel, the privilege against self-incrimination, and the right to a fair trial.Table of ContentsCourse 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 orseizure. 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.