CRIMINAL LAW

Self-Paced Online Course: Criminal Law

Study Hours: 20

The principals of criminal law in the U.S. are presented in this module. Students learn the elements of a criminal case, certain serious crimes, how criminal liability can be extended to reach third party defendants and common defenses to criminal charges.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Appreciate the purpose of criminal law and identify the sources of criminal law in the U.S.
  • List the essential elements of certain serious crimes such as murder, manslaughter and rape.
  • Identify the key elements of inchoate crimes such as attempt, solicitation, conspiracy and accomplice.
  • List and explain the key defenses presented in criminal cases, including justification, self-defense, excuse, intoxication, insanity, mistake and impossibility.
  • Understand how a criminal case is structured, and identify the various steps involved.

Course Sections

The course is organized into the following sections:

  • Criminal Law: Background & Justification
  • Criminal Law: Sources of U.S. Criminal Law
  • Criminal Law: Classifications of Crimes
  • Criminal Law: Elements of a Criminal Case
  • Criminal Law: Mens Rea (Guilty Mind) ~ The Defendant’s Mental State
  • Criminal Law: Capital Punishment ~ Death Penalty
  • Criminal Law: Murder & Unintentional Killing
  • Criminal Law: Sex Crimes
  • Criminal Law: Property Crimes
  • Criminal Law: White Collar Crimes
  • Criminal Law: Inchoate (Incomplete) Crimes
  • Criminal Law: Selected Defenses
  • Criminal Law: Sentencing

Course Information:
Study Hours: 20

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