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Course Description:

Students will become familiar with the procedures, structures and functions of state and federal trial and appellate courts. Methods by which crimes are prosecuted and adjudicated in the courts will be examined; such controversial issues as plea-bargaining and the use of the death penalty will be analyzed; and special attention will be given to alternative methods of adjudicating criminal disputes, such as mediation, "drug courts" and restorative justice.

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.

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: 4
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Fall 1.

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