Course Number and Title: PLG 270 Criminal Law and Investigative Procedures
This course introduces substantive criminal law and procedures, including elements of certain crimes, arrests, indictments, trial, and post-conviction proceedings. Investigative techniques are also covered. The role of the legal assistant is explored.
- Use basic legal terminology of criminal law and procedures. (CCC 1; PGC 5)
- Describe characteristics of criminal proceedings. (CCC 1; PGC 5)
- Identify participants in the criminal trial process. (CCC 1; PGC 5)
- Prepare documents used in criminal proceedings. (CCC 1; PGC 2, 4, 5)
- Define the role of the legal assistant/paralegal in the area of criminal law. (CCC 1; PGC 1, 5)
- Explain theories of criminal punishment. (CCC 1; PGC 4, 5)
- Identify defenses used in criminal trials. (CCC 1; PGC 5)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Use basic legal terminology of criminal law and procedures.
- Define basic terms associated with criminal law.
- Use terminology associated with criminal trial procedures.
- Describe characteristics of criminal proceedings.
- Discuss sources of criminal law.
- Identify law enforcement practices generally used to gather evidence.
- Explain the nature of the preliminary hearing and the formal charge.
- List the steps in a criminal procedure.
- Identify participants in the criminal trial process.
- Explain the role of the prosecutor, the defense attorney, the witnesses, and other participants in a trial.
- Identify the jurisdiction of criminal courts.
- Describe the role of the judge in the criminal trial process with and without a jury present.
- Prepare documents used in criminal proceedings.
- List documents filed in criminal proceedings.
- Identify the court in which a motion charging a felony crime would be filed.
- Name types of motions that may be filed in criminal proceedings.
- Prepare a draft of a motion for review by attorneys.
- Define the role of the legal assistant/paralegal in the area of criminal law.
- Identify career options available to the legal assistant/paralegal in the area of criminal law.
- Explain the role of the paralegal in assisting a prosecuting attorney in the preparation for a criminal trial.
- Explain the role of the paralegal in assisting a defense attorney in the preparation for a criminal trial.
- Explain theories of criminal punishment.
- Define crime.
- Explain classifications of crime.
- List theories for punishing criminal behavior.
- Relate specific crimes to applicable forms of punishment.
- Discuss specific forms of punishment and the desired outcome of each.
- Identify defenses used in criminal trials.
- Define defense.
- Identify factual and statutory defenses.
- Discuss constitutional defenses.
Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
Calculated using the following weighted average
Percentage of final grade
Summative: Tests (4-6) (equally weighted)
Summative: Final Exam
Formative: Writing Assignment #1
Formative: Writing Assignment #2
Formative: Class Participation/Homework
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Explain the present and potential role of the paralegal within the legal system.
- Produce documents necessary for a functioning law office.
- Comply with the profession’s Code of Ethics within the legal system.
- Use a range of research methods and information necessary to complete a variety of legal activities.
- Apply acquired knowledge of legal specialty areas in the workplace.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.