Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: LGLA-2313- Section: 01
Criminal Law and Procedures
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Instructor Information
Instructor Doneane Beckcom
Phone(409) 984-6548
Location:Student Center - Room: 415
Hours:MWF Noon - 2:00, TR 12:30 - 1:30, otherwise by appointment
Business and Technology
Chair:Sheila Guillot
Phone:(409) 984-6381
Course Information
Description Fundamental concepts of criminal law and procedure from arrest to final disposition including principles of federal and state law emphasizing the role of the paralegal in the criminal justice system.
Prerequisites LGLA 1307 Intro to Law and Paralegalism taken prior to or concurrently with this course.
Learning Outcomes 1. Understand legal terms by reviewing key terms in the textbook and other assigned readings/projects and learning labs. Understand the difference between a civil and criminal case and the roles of the prosecution and defense attorneys.

2.Locate and draft appropriate documents. Use correct grammar in speech and written word.

3. Understand and be able to articulate unethical practices in the law firm or other workplace.Understand the appropriate confidentiality issues, attorney-client privileges and billing practices. Perform tasks authorized for paralegals, not attorneys.

4. Utilize blackboard through the internet. Draft documents using Word. Submit documents properly and timely. Prepare charts using Excel. Review power points as an additional resource.
Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills: demonstrates comprehension of content (legal) area reading material.
PSLO 1: understand legal terms and the paralegal's role in the legal environment.
PSLO 2: apply correct drafting procedures to transactional and court documents.
PSLO 3: demonstrate appropriate ethics and professionalism in the legal environment.
PSLO 4: exhibit the ability to use computer skills.
Textbooks Criminal Law and Procedure, 7th Edition
Daniel E. Hall
ISBN 978-1-285-44881-7
Lecture Topics
Introduction to the Legal System of the United States
Intro to Criminal Law
The Two Essential Elements
Crimes Against the Person
Crimes Against Property and Habitation
Crimes Against the Public
Parties and Inchoate Offenses
Factual and Statutory Defenses
Constitutional Defenses
Introduction to Criminal Procedure
Constitutional Aspects of Criminal Procedure
Searches, Seizures, and Arrests
Interrogation, Electronic Surveillance, and other Police Practices
Pretrial Process
Sentencing and Appeal
Major Assignments
We will typically over 1 chapter per week.
Tests will cover generally 4 chapters and will occur every 4 - 5 weeks throughout the semester.
Final Exam Date December 10, 2018 - 10:00 AM   Through  December 10, 2018 - 12:00 AM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Tests 70%
Chapter Assignments (vocabulary, review questions, case analysis) 20%
Discussions (in class participation) 10%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies I am always available via email. Please make an appointment to discuss grades. Otherwise feel free to stop by my office during posted office hours. Power points and other resources are available on Blackboard.
Attendance Policy A student with 9 or more absences may be dropped from the course.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.