LEWIS-CLARK STATE COLLEGE
OFFICE & BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY
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PURPOSE AND DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed to give paralegal students an understanding of (a) principles of criminal law, (b) criminal procedures, (c) the criminal justice system, (d) the Constitution. With this basic structure, the student should be able to understand information received and perform law office procedures with relation to criminal law.
METHODS OF INSTRUCTION:
Instruction will include lecture, class discussion, and case studies. Students are expected to attend class as scheduled and actively participate in all class activities. Students are required to have read applicable chapters prior to lectures.
METHODS OF EVALUATION:
Course evaluation will be based on attendance and exams. Exams may only be made up if the Student makes prior arrangements with the instructor. All makeup requests will be considered on an individual basis only!
IF PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN MADE -- THE STUDENT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED
TO MAKE UP EXAMS.
Grades to be determined as follows:
90 - 100%
CHEATING AND UNETHICAL ACTS: Any student who cheats on an exam, shares information from another student's disc, or generally acts in an unethical manner, will automatically fail the course and may be removed from the Paralegal Program.
EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completion of this course, the students will:
1. Understand and recognize the steps a criminal case takes as it progresses through the court system;
2. Identify important documents used by the prosecution and defense teams;
3. Understand the correlation between criminal law, criminal procedure and the guarantees of the United States Constitution;
4. Become familiar with all procedural aspects of criminal cases in order to assist his/her supervising attorney with the collection of facts and evidence necessary to adequately represent a client during proceedings regarding bond, discovery, arraignment and pre-trial motions;
5. Have a basic understanding of the components of a criminal trial and how to aid an attorney in preparing for trial;
6. Have a basic knowledge of the sentencing criteria in order to aid in preparation of pre-sentencing reports; and
7. Become familiar with the arrest process and custodial interrogations.
OTHER INTERESTING FEATURES:
Food and drink: Food and/or drink will be permitted in class as long as students clean up after themselves and are not using computer room. Food and drink are not allowed in computer rooms.
Assignments: All assignments, document preparation, research, memoranda, etc., must be typed and kept by each student on an individual disc in the event revisions are necessary.
Lewis Clark State College enhances and promotes the free exchange of ideas in an environment that celebrates the dignity, worth and contributions of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
If course adaptations or accommodations are needed because of a disability, please make the instructor aware of such accommodation needed. Further, if special arrangements need to be made for you in case of a building evacuation, please contact me by the 10th day of the semester. Please refer all questions about the disabilities act, eliminating barriers for students with disabilities, or services to those with disabilities, to the student development specialist/counselor, at ext. 2211.
The "ACTIVE" student who dedicates oneself to study and hard work will find they have better job opportunities, better pay, and better working environments.