Online criminal law curriculum
Our online course curriculum provides a specialized education in Criminal Law and Procedure. You'll gain practical knowledge of the law that you can apply to a lucrative paralegal career.
Curriculum LessonsOrientation 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.
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.
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.
Crimes involving bodily injury, restraints on freedom, and sexual offenses. You will also learn about the different types of property crimes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Criminal Law and Procedure Career Certificate provides students with the specialized knowledge for real-world application in the legal profession. Students will gain a solid understanding of criminal law procedure, elements of various crimes including homicides, criminal defense, preparing for a criminal trial, sentencing, and other criminal law issues.
After completing the Criminal Law and Procedure certificate program, students will be able to:
- Describe the origins of criminal law in the United States, differentiate criminal law from civil law, and define and classify criminal acts.
- Outline the structure of the U.S. criminal justice system and describe how the rights of both victims and accused are protected.
- Identify the key principles of criminal law and procedure and describe the basic conduct of a criminal case, from arrest through appeals.
- Explain the roles and responsibilities of paralegals who are involved in assisting attorneys with criminal litigation, as part of either the prosecution or the defense team, and describe the ethical standards such paralegals must meet.
- Identify career opportunities for students with the appropriate training in this specialty area.
Counsel for your career path
You'll gain job skills from every lesson in the Criminal Law and Procedure Career Certificate course and prep for your job search at the same time. The online tools available through the Ashworth College Central Network are integrated into your studies so you'll be ready to deliver a polished presentation of your qualifications to potential employers as soon as you graduate. You'll also be able to revisit the Ashworth College Central Network whenever you need to after you've earned your certificate. Learn more about it at the Ashworth College Career Services page.