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Criminal Law

Course Description

If you are a paralegal with an interest in criminal law, you’ll want to know that the demand for this specialized expertise is soaring! Are you ready to move up in your firm? Consider this advanced paralegal course to learn more about trial preparations and procedures. Learn about the criminal justice system and its components as well as your multifaceted role as a paralegal. You’ll become familiar with the principles of criminal law and the paralegal’s role in criminal proceedings. You will explore the basic principles of criminal law, the types of offenses, and criminal procedure from the commission of the offense to trials and their aftermath. You will discover both the prosecutor’s role in initiating cases and the role of the defense attorney in defending the accused. The importance of pre-trial motions and plea bargaining is also covered.

Criminal Law Curriculum

Lesson 1: Introduction to Criminal Justice and Criminal Law

  • The Criminal Justice System
  • Basic Principles of Criminal Law

Lesson 2: Criminal Offenses and Investigation of Criminal Behavior

  • Types of Offenses
  • Investigation of Criminal Behavior

Lesson 3: Initiating Cases and Defending the Accused

  • The Prosecutor’s Role in Initiating Cases
  • Defending the Accused

Lesson 4: Discovery, Defenses, and Pretrial Motions

  • Discovery and Disclosure
  • Legal Defenses
  • Pretrial Motions and Plea Bargaining

Lesson 5: Criminal Trials

  • The Nature of Criminal Trials
  • Preparation for the Trial
  • The Conduct of the Trial

Lesson 6: Sentencing and Appeals

  • Sentencing
  • Appeals

Criminal Law Course Materials

Blackstone will provide you with the following tools for your success in the Criminal Law course, all of which are included in your tuition:

Criminal Law online Study Guide

Fundamentals of Criminal Practice: Law and Procedure, 2012, by Thomas E. McClure and Thomas E. Eimermann. ISBN 9781454809692

Your e-book is delivered via VitalSource, one of the most popular and user-friendly e-textbook platforms for higher education. With VitalSource, you can change the page layout to suit your reading needs and easily search for keywords, tables and graphics throughout the text. You also have access to highlighting and note tools to help you make the most of your studies. You have the ability to work online or off…wherever it is convenient for you! Click here to learn more about the benefits of VitalSource e-books.

You will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can download your Criminal Law Study Guide, take exams and receive instantaneous Grade Reports, chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, and receive news about Blackstone.

Course Tuition

A quality education is an investment in your future. Blackstone’s online certificate training programs are designed to be affordable while providing excellence in education and student services. The knowledge and skills you gain during the time you are working toward your certificate at BCI is what sets us apart and will set you apart from other employees. Your employment options will grow as you gain an expertise in a specialized area and you will be prepared with the knowledge you need to advance your career and earn more money. You may also use your work at BCI toward your CLE needs if you are certified.

Your Advanced Paralegal Criminal Law Course tuition fee includes:

  • All instruction and exam evaluation
  • Access to our state-of-the-art Online Student Center
  • Lifetime access to student forums and chat rooms
  • Full student services and support during your program
  • Latest edition e-textbook included with your certificate course
  • Comprehensive online study guide prepared by faculty and reviewed by subject matter experts
  • Exam grade reports with references for questions answered incorrectly
  • Automatic six-month time extension—an exceptional value!
  • Official BCI school transcript
  • An embossed Criminal Law certificate upon completion of program requirements

Regular Tuition Price $396

Payment Plan Options

We offer a payment plan with a 100% approval rate for our advanced paralegal courses—you are already pre-approved for a low down payment and low monthly installments so you can afford your BCI training!

Student Tuition 0% Interest Free Program

You pay a $160.00 down payment & 4 monthly payments of $59.00

Methods of Payment

You may use your Visa, Discover, Master Card, or American Express Card to securely enroll online. You may also pay in full for your program by money order or corporate check or personal check.

If you’re looking for information on becoming a paralegal, visit our paralegal program page for more information about paralegal training and careers.