Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: LGLA-2313- Section: 71
Criminal Law and Procedures
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Instructor Information
Instructor Doneane Beckcom
Phone(409) 984-6548
Location:Student Center - Room: 415
Hours:Tuesday and Wednesday 9:00 - Noon; Thursday 8:00 - Noon; otherwise by appointment
Business and Industrial Technology
Chair:Sheila Guillot
Phone:(409) 984-6381

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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.
* Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
* Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
* 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 Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Criminal Law and Procedure for Paralegals, Third Edition
Edward C. Carter, III
Wolters Kluwer
ISBN: 978-1-5438-0168-2
Lecture Topics

Chapter 1
The Criminal Justice Process
Chapter 2
The Nature of Crime


Chapter 3
Investigation of Crime in the United States
Chapter 4
Prosecution of Crime in the United States


Chapter 5
The Distinction Between Criminal Law and


Chapter 6
Principles of Criminal Jurisdiction
Chapter 7
The American Federal System and Criminal


Chapter 8
Constitutional Limits on the Power to Define Crimes
Chapter 9
Accountability for Criminal Conduct


Chapter 10
Categories and Types of Criminal Offenses
Chapter 11
How Criminal Offenses Are Defined


Chapter 12
Affirmative Defenses-Excuse
Chapter 13
Affirmative Defenses-Justification


Chapter 14
Affirmative Defenses-Failure of Proof and
Offense Modification Defenses
Chapter 15
Affirmative Defenses-Non-Exculpatory Defenses


Chapter 16
Criminal Procedure During the Investigative Stage-Search and Seizure
Chapter 17
Criminal Procedure During the Investigative Stage-Privilege Against Self-Incrimination and Other Rights


Chapter 18
Criminal Procedure at the Charging Stage
Chapter 19
Criminal Procedure During the Pre-Trial Stage


Chapter 20
Criminal Procedure During the Trial Stage
Chapter 21
Criminal Procedure During the Post-Trial Stage-Sentencing and Beyond

Review for final
Major Assignments
We will typically cover two chapters per week. Since this class is online, you are able to move through the materials at your own pace; however, it is not suggested that you get more than one chapter ahead. There are approximately 13 weeks of instruction in the semester to allow for review for finals. We are covering 21 chapters in the textbook, so this is about two chapters per week. You will need to keep up with the reading and discussion assignments each week or you WILL get behind!

There will be a written discussion board assignment each week from the topic of each chapter/week. Discussion posts are due every Friday at NOON, no exceptions (unless Blackboard goes down). Your responses will be graded for accuracy, writing proficiency, and content. This is a way for us to do writing assignments for a grade while developing good writing and communication skills. You will receive more instruction for each discussion assignment as each one is posted.

Tests will generally occur every 4 weeks throughout the semester, with a review prior to each exam. You will be given the dates the test will be open and when it will close at least one week prior so that you can plan accordingly.

Tests will cover:

Test 1: chapters 1 - 4
Test 2: chapter 5
Test 3: chapters 6 - 15
Final: chapters 16 - 21
Final Exam Date December 8, 2020 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 10, 2020 - 12:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Tests 75%
Discussions 25%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies
Attendance Policy As this is an online course you MUST log into the course on Blackboard at least once per week to be counted present for the week. Lectures, discussion topics, power point slides, and everything you need for the course is ONLY on Blackboard.
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 the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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Other I am always available by email. If you have en emergency you can text me at 409-718-8613. If you need to meet with me, please make an appointment as during office hours I will likely be making video lectures.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.