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Course Description:

In this eight-week course, students will become familiar with the constitutional issues and court rulings related to the arrest, search and seizure, detention, trial and incarceration of criminal defendants. The rights of prisoners and constitutional responsibilities of correctional institutions will also be studied and analyzed. The student will analyze and apply the law to hypothetical fact patterns and prepare written responses. The student will write short response papers, using internet resources to find statutory and case law, then analyze and summarize the research.

Prerequisite skills and knowledge: The student should be familiar with reading, analyzing and “briefing” legal cases, as might be learned in such introductory law courses as Introduction to Law and the Legal System or Legal Environment of Business.

Students planning to use financial aid: Students taking courses that are shorter than the standard term (at least 15 weeks in length) may have their federal loans reduced and/or state aid reduced or cancelled. Please visit our Web site at www.esc.edu/FinancialServices for more information.

This online course is offered through Online Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 2
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Fall 1.

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