Criminal Litigation

The Criminal Litigation course explores the intricacies of criminal law and procedure. Issues addressed in the course range from search and arrest, through the criminal process, to appeal.

Course Category: Self-Study Courses

Course Level:Advanced

CLE Credit: Substantive

CLE Hours: 20.0
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Advanced
Fees: $250 – Members, $300 – Nonmembers
Course Materials: Self-study courses typically come with a PDF of the complete textbook, a PDF of the textbook by chapter and a glossary of terms. Once you’ve finished studying, you’ll take the corresponding exams to earn CLE. 
Description: The Criminal Litigation course explores the intricacies of criminal law and procedure.  Issues addressed in the course range from search and arrest, through the criminal process, to appeal. As a paralegal working with either a prosecutor’s office or a defense attorney’s office, you are likely to encounter issues involving criminal law, therefore the course examines these issues from both perspectives. Paralegals can assist attorneys in many ways throughout the duration of a criminal case. After completing this Criminal Litigation course, a paralegal will have knowledge to assist:
  • Identify Fourth Amendment issues in search and seizure fact patterns
  • Apply warrant requirement exceptions for warrantless searches and seizures
  • Recognize due process violations in government interrogations
  • Protect a defendant’s constitutional rights throughout the judicial proceedings
  • Define elements of an offense
  • Identify accomplices, principals and accessories to a crime
  • Draft a complaint or indictment
  • Calculate the statute of limitations for a crime
  • Prepare for various pre-trial hearings
  • Participate in trial strategizing
  • Request discovery and file pre-trial motions
  • Prepare for and participate in jury selection
  • Aid in organization and presentation during trial
  • Draft post-trial motions
  • Collect information for presentence investigation reports
  • Prepare for revocation hearings
  • Apply rules for filing appeals
  • Draft appellate motions and briefs
  • Recognize issues in juvenile proceedings
  • Apply provisions of The Electronic Communications Privacy Act
Course Year: 2017

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No, the courses are designed as continuing education courses and may qualify as meeting continuing education requirements for professional certifications and attorney licenses.  In addition, the courses may be used in the classroom to supplement formal training.  However, the courses are not designed to take the place of formal paralegal training as may be available through a community college or university.