Certificate in Introduction to Criminal Law Online Course

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Start Now To Learn Introduction to Criminal Law Criminal law is one of the most fascinating areas of legal practice. The instructor--a former major-felony prosecutor who has appeared on Court TV--gives a behind the scenes look at criminal law by examining the world of prosecutors, defense attorneys, and the paralegals who work closely with them. You will examine all major areas of crime: from theft to murder, conspiracy to sexual assault. The trial of a criminal case will be dissected and explained for you. You'll also explore the various types of criminal defenses, sentencing, and appeals procedures. A variety of exercises based on the lessons will give you a hands-on experience. Each lesson will also feature  A View from the Inside -- compelling information about the criminal justice system, in the words of actual people who experience it every day.  Course Fast Facts: Learn Introduction to Criminal Law  Online Course in only 6 weeks Approximately only 2 to 4 hours per week of study is required This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course How is the Introduction to Criminal Law  Online Course studied? Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping...

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Requisitos: Entry requirements Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills. Minimum education Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course. Computer requirements Students will need access to a computer and the internet. Minimum specifications for the computer are: Windows: Microsoft Windows XP, or later Modern and up to date Browser (Internet...


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There are 12 units of study

Introduction to Criminal Law

In this first lesson, we'll lay the foundation for the course by examining the basic features of criminal law, including how this area of law differs from every other. You'll find this first look at the important aspects of the American criminal justice system very valuable!

Murder by Degrees

Today, we'll begin to examine crimes against people by reviewing the facts of a real murder case. Here's your chance to visit a real crime scene and examine the body just as it was found on a chilly January morning. From there, we'll examine the basic elements of a murder case, as well as other crimes against people.

More Crimes Against Persons

In this lesson, we'll continue our examination into crimes against people by exploring the world of assault and battery. We'll also take a close look at some of the most common myths people believe about prosecuting crimes of violence. Then we'll address the crimes of stalking and kidnapping.

Principals, Accessories, and Attempt

How is a person accused of helping another person commit a crime sentenced? Does the driver of the getaway car receive the same sentence as the bank robber? What is a conspiracy? Today I'll answer these questions and many others. In this lesson, we'll examine the roles of principles and accessories, and how prosecutors charge gang members and others who conspire to commit a crime.

Sex Crimes

What is rape? In this lesson, we'll go behind the legal definition to use plain language to define exactly what the elements of rape are, then we'll look at how prosecutors charge sexual offenders. We'll also try to understand child molestation and the impact that these crimes have on their victims.

Crimes Against Property

Today we'll explore the crimes of burglary and fraud. You'll learn not only how a person commits burglary, but also the most common techniques most burglars use. We'll also expose white-collar crime schemes, common games, and other frauds.

Drug Crimes

Drug dealers have become very sophisticated over the years. In today's lesson, you'll learn how prosecutors and police investigate, charge, and convict people who sell narcotics. We’ll examine in detail the concepts of possession of illegal narcotics, drug paraphernalia, crack cocaine, and other illegal substances.

Crimes Against Justice

What is the legal definition of bribery? In this era of corporate scandals and obstruction of justice by millionaire businesspeople, you'll need to know the basic steps to follow to bring a bribery or obstruction of justice charge.

The Trial

It's time to step inside a real courtroom! Today, we'll go beyond what television presents and see how a real trial proceeds from start to finish. Do trial attorneys really scream at witnesses? Can lawyers really get away with some of the tactics we see them using on nightly television? I'll answer these questions and many others in this lesson.


When a person is on trial, what types of defenses can he or she raise? What exactly is an alibi defense? What is the definition of legal insanity? How does a defendant actually present his defense? Today we'll examine the role of different defenses, then we'll dispel some common myths about criminal defenses.

Insanity and Constitutional Defenses

From mothers who drown their own children to men who attempt to kill the president, the insanity defense has had a long and controversial history in the United States. In this lesson, we'll step behind the headlines and examine the real details—not only about how to raise an insanity defense, but also looking at what the statistics have to say about the success of this defense.

Sentencing and Appeal

We'll conclude the course with a look at the appeals process. How many convictions are reversed on appeal? Is the appellate process different in death penalty cases? In this last lesson, we'll examine the entire appellate process from start to finish to give you a straightforward guide to criminal appeals.

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Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with your tutor, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and...