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National Paralegal College | Evaluated Learning Experience

Criminal Law (PLG-103)

Location: 
Various, distance learning format.
Length: 

Varies; self-study format.

Dates: 
May 2008 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: outline necessary elements for the prosecution of any crime; determine whether a crime has been committed based on a fact pattern and if true, which crime has been committed; describe basic elements of various common law crimes; research criminal codes and apply elements of a crime in various state or federal jurisdictions; prepare a memorandum with regard to a question of criminal law in a hypothetical fact pattern; describe and apply various defenses that are available under the criminal laws of different jurisdictions; and apply federal and/or state sentencing guidelines to convictions where applicable.

Instruction: 
This course introduces students to the basic concepts of criminal law and outlines definitions and elements of common law crimes against persons, property and various legal defenses available to criminal defendants. Also discussed are certain topics in criminal procedure that highlight constitutional safeguards and procedures involved from arrest through trial. Evaluation criteria include: required readings, essay assignments, class participation, and final exam.
Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Criminal Law (1/13) (3/18 revalidation). 

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