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Criminal Law Course

Career Certificate in
Criminal Law and Procedure

The Criminal Law and Procedure Career Certificate course provides excellent preparation for a paralegal career. Your criminal law and procedure certificate will show attorneys that you have the specialized legal skills they require – because attorneys specialize, too. Complete our criminal law course online!

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Study Method: Textbooks with Online Exams
  • Program Length: As few as 3 Months

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Payments as Low as
$34 Per Month

  What You'll Learn

In our Criminal Law and Procedure Certificate course, you’ll gain a solid understanding of the legal procedures for criminal law cases. The lessons are challenging yet easy to follow, designed to prepare you to apply what you learn in the real world. Key topics include…

  • Elements of various crimes including homicidess
  • Criminal defense
  • Preparing for a criminal trial
  • Sentencing
  • Current issues in criminal procedure

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Orientation to Online Learning (online)  

This lesson introduces you to online learning, with instruction on how to be successful as an Ashworth student. You’ll learn proven study skills, find out how to take advantage of different learning styles, and discover time management techniques. The lesson also includes a guide to career opportunities plus supplementary readings.

Lesson 1: Introduction to Criminal Law and Procedure  

The origins of criminal law, how criminal law differs from civil law, what constitutes a crime, theories of punishment, defenses, and criminal jurisdiction. You will also learn about the basic rights that help to protect a person accused of criminal activity, such as the right to be represented by legal counsel and the right to have a speedy trial by jury.

Lesson 2: Essentials Elements of a Crime and Homicide  

The basic elements of a crime and the relationship among those elements. You will also learn about the crime of homicide and about how homicide is classified by type and degree.

Lesson 3: Crimes Against the Person and Crimes Involving Property  

Crimes involving bodily injury, restraints on freedom, and sexual offenses. You will also learn about the different types of property crimes.

Lesson 4: Complicity and Crimes Against Habitation  

Crimes against habitation, sometimes called structure crimes, and the laws designed to protect people against such crimes. You will also learn about the crime of complicity—that a person can be criminally liable for the crimes of another.

Lesson 5: Inchoate Crimes and Defenses to Crimes  

How criminal liability can exist when a crime has been attempted, but not completed. Inchoate crimes are those that are never completed. You will also learn about the defenses available to a person who commits a crime.

Lesson 6: Crimes Against Society and Criminal Procedures Before Trial  

Crimes against the state and the administration of justice as well as crimes against public order and morality. You will also learn about criminal procedural law and the types of criminal processes found in most jurisdictions.

Lesson 7: The Criminal Trial, Sentencing and Post-Trial Procedures  

Steps and procedures involved in a criminal trial and the role of the jury. Also examined will be the sentencing process, including the goals of sentencing, the different types of sentencing and post-trial procedures.

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  What You Get

Complete your criminal law course online on your terms. Start when you’re ready, study at your own pace and get personal guidance as you need it. We’ve removed the obstacles so you can move ahead fast!

The Criminal Law and Procedure Certificate course combines a balance of important theoretical concepts and practical application. Your tuition covers:

  • Comprehensive textbook and study guides
  • Open-book, online exams
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • Career search and time management guides
  • Participation in the Student Community
  • Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®

Graduates receive a criminal law and procedure certificate and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. You may broaden your skill set by applying certificate credit toward completion of an Ashworth College degree program.

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  • Graduation Video


We’ve cleared the way. Start your Criminal Law and Procedure Career Certificate course today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.