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Course Details

Course Code: LSTD204 Course ID: 2531 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is an introduction to the structure of the American court system. Topics include prosecution, right to counsel, pretrial release, grand jury process, and sentencing concepts. The course will assess the U.S Courts System and how it relates to the criminal justice system in America. Students will become familiar with the chronological events from the arrest process to sentencing and appeals. Students will be able to explain concepts of stop and frisk arrest, searches under warrant, and presentation of the case to the magistrate. Assessments of the criminal trial process and phases of pretrial and trial proceedings will be examined.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
03/29/2022 - 09/02/2022 09/05/2022 - 10/30/2022 September Summer 2022 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/2022 - 09/30/2022 10/03/2022 - 11/27/2022 October Fall 2022 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/2022 - 11/04/2022 11/07/2022 - 01/01/2023 November Fall 2022 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/2022 - 12/02/2022 12/05/2022 - 01/29/2023 December Fall 2022 Session D 8 Week session
07/25/2022 - 12/30/2022 01/02/2023 - 02/26/2023 January Winter 2023 Session B 8 Week session
08/29/2022 - 02/03/2023 02/06/2023 - 04/02/2023 February Winter 2023 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

CO1: Recognize the basic components of different legal sources.

CO2: Properly use legal terms.

CO3: Properly use legal technology.

CO4: Apply legal research and analytical procedures.

CO5: Identify the various types of courts.

CO6: Understand jurisdiction and the basics of filing a legal case.

CO7: Know the various participants in the legal system.

CO8: Analyze the structure of criminal statutes.

CO9: Understand how to use various types of discovery methods in a civil litigation case.

CO10: Investigate changes within the modern American judicial system.

DISCUSSION PARTICIPATION:

There will be seven required discussions found in the Discussions section. Replies should be substantive. Comments like "I agree," or "Good job," are not substantive. Some things you could do to meet this requirement are: read a little of their research and comment on it; compare their research to yours; give examples if you agree with them, or counter examples if you don't; or share some of your experiences or issues you have seen that the rest of us probably won't be familiar with or have experienced.

Questions and topics posed in the Discussions are designed to promote thought and insight. Students must provide a critical review of the questions, topics and issues posed and substantively reply to the contributions of at least three peers. Individual postings should include a full discussion of the content of the question posed and explain how it relates to the concepts in the weekly text readings and other resources. The postings should be analytic in nature and include comparisons/contrasts, and examples that can bolster your point. The Discussions are for your benefit and it is important to respond to the discussion topic and to engage others in a running dialogue.

Your initial post should be made by Thursday this week. You should then respond to 3 or more posts. Note that at least one response to your classmates must be made before Sunday. If you make all of your responsive posts on Sunday, you will not earn full points for timeliness.

This can be accomplished by

· Validating with additional evidence from the literature.

· Posing a thoughtful question with commentary which generates further discussion.

· Providing an alternative point-of-view, with evidence and examples.

· Offering additional insight into how the concept might be understood, with evidence provided with real world examples.

You should be active in the classroom throughout the week and actively engaged in the back-and-forth discussion between your colleagues and the professor.

The Discussion grading rubric can be found in Gradebook by clicking on the Discussion entry.

ASSIGNMENTS

Written assignments will found in the Assignments tab. Students are expected to complete the assignment by the due date. Please make sure to fully review any assignment instructions and rubric before beginning your paper.

MIDTERM AND FINAL EXAMINATIONS:

The class contains a Midterm and Final examination. Both exams will be open book and available in the electronic classroom in the Quizzes section during the week that they are due.

NameGrade %
Introduction 1.00 %
Introduce Yourself! 1.00 %
Discussions 14.00 %
Weeks 1-3: Discussions 7.00 %
Weeks 5-7: Discussions 7.00 %
Access to Justice 20.00 %
Access to Justice Assignment 20.00 %
Exams 65.00 %
Midterm Exam 32.50 %
Final Exam 32.50 %

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

CO1: Recognize the basic components of different legal sources.

CO2: Properly use legal terms.

CO3: Properly use legal technology.

CO4: Apply legal research and analytical procedures.

CO5: Identify the various types of courts.

CO6: Understand jurisdiction and the basics of filing a legal case.

CO7: Know the various participants in the legal system.

CO8: Analyze the structure of criminal statutes.

CO9: Understand how to use various types of discovery methods in a civil litigation case.

CO10: Investigate changes within the modern American judicial system.

Book Title:Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation, 21st Ed - Style guide information available online, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:9780578666150
Publication Info:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Author:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Unit Cost:$56.25
 
Book Title:Outline of the U.S. Legal System - e-book available online, Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
Author:No Author Specified
 

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.