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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: LSTD400 Course ID: 2537 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This is a procedural law course which includes an overview of the law of arrests, search, and seizure, the making of bail, adjudication, pre- and post-trial activities and the nature of plea bargaining. Substantial emphasis is given the constitutional protections afforded through the Bill of Rights. This course examines procedures used by American police, prosecutors, and courts to bring criminal cases to trial and explores some of the defendant’s rights at trial and on appeal. The course will consider the Common Law, constitutional, and statutory bases of procedural practices in American criminal law. The student will be exposed to a comprehensive overview of the processes involved in the use of criminal evidence including rules of evidence; arrests, searches, and seizures; interrogations, confessions, and non-testimonial evidence, impeachment and cross-examination of witnesses; opinion evidence; hearsay evidence; and articles and exhibits of evidence.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course the Student will be able to:

1. Define the meaning of Due Process in the Criminal System.

2. Paraphrase the history and purposes of the Fourth Amendment.

3. Classify the various exceptions to the requirement to obtain a warrant before search or seizure.

4. Describe the components of a reasonable arrest.

5. Outline the proper procedures necessary to obtain a search warrant.

6. Examine the nature and role of confessions in the criminal system.

7. Describe the various identification procedures used in the criminal system.

8. Give examples of remedies for violations of Constitutional rights.

9. Recite the various phases of a criminal court proceeding from before trial to after conviction.

Reading Requirements:

The Course Outline of this syllabus details the required reading assignments for the various weeks of the course. Each week of the course includes required readings found in the lessons tab for this course. In addition to the required readings, in most weeks of the course, the student is also required to review certain websites and cases that are listed under each week of the Course Outline.


Questions and topics posed in the Forums 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 Forum is 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 Wednesday 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 forum grading rubric can be found in gradebook by clicking on the forum entry.


There is one written assignments for this class. The assignment instructions can be found under the Assignments section of the classroom.

NameGrade %
Introduction Forum 1.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Discussion Forums 84.00 %
Week 1 Forum #1 6.00 %
Week 1 Forum #2 6.00 %
Week 2 Forum #1 6.00 %
Week 2 Forum #2 6.00 %
Week 3 Forum #1 6.00 %
Week 3 Forum #2 6.00 %
Week 4 Forum #1 6.00 %
Week 4 Forum #2 6.00 %
Week 5 Forum #1 6.00 %
Week 5 Forum #2 6.00 %
Week 6 Forum #1 6.00 %
Week 6 Forum #2 6.00 %
Week 7 Forum #1 6.00 %
Week 7 Forum #2 6.00 %
Assignments 15.00 %
Week 8 Assignment 15.00 %

Your readings can be found in the lessons through the links in reading and resources. The readings are all open source so there is no need to purchase a text. Please access them through the folder entitled "Required Reading and Resources", found in the lesson tab.

*Recommended, but not required: The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, (19th ed. 2010). ISBN-10:0-615-36116-1, ISBN-13:978-0-615-36116-1

This is available in hard copy or as an e-text and may be purchased at: but is also available free to you from the APUS library at the link in the next section.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.