The course is designed as an introductory level evidence course. Topics covered will be all common evidence types and proceedings including hearsay and privilege. Several chapters are devoted to constitutional issues that are essential to the collection of admissible evidence.
This is an introductory course focused on American constitutional law with an emphasis on US Supreme Court decisions. This course will explain various methodologies of constitutional interpretation and modes of constitutional analysis. Topics covered include the role of the judiciary in reviewing acts of the political branches of government ,the separation of powers and relations among the three branches of the federal government, the powers of the national government and federalism based limits on Congress and the states and a general over view of individual constitutional right from a criminal procedure perspective.
This course involves a study of Real Estate Law. Students will be introduced to the concept of real and personal property. An in-depth consideration will be given to real property law which will include ownership of estate, fixtures, easements, adverse possession, deeds, plus a review of the typical steps in the transfer of real estate. Finally the law relating to landlord-tenant relationships and leases will be explored.
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of both substantive and procedural areas of bankruptcy law with emphasis on consumer bankruptcy law under chapter seven. It will include an introduction of the law of bankruptcy in both the consumer and business areas and provide practical instruction as to the application of bankruptcy law with the intent to providing students the opportunity to become comfortable and familiar with the actual practice of bankruptcy law. Students will be introduced to concepts such as jurisdiction of the Bankruptcy Court, forms of creditors, liens, security interest, automatic stay, exemptions and avoiding powers.
Forensic science applies scientific methodology to crime scene investigation and crime solving, including an analysis of techniques of crime scene investigation and the lawful gathering of evidence. Students will consider both the Federal Rules of Evidence and California law, including the admissibility of physical evidence at trial, as well as the role of forensic science in the criminal justice system. Additionally, the course will examine the proper identification, collection and preservation of physical evidence, including chain of custody issues.
This course examines the influence and impact of legal, civic, and political issues on the criminal justice system. Students will analyze situations to identify key issues and discuss possible outcomes and solutions related to various issues. One area of consideration will be the history and evolution of terrorism with a worldwide perspective. The student will look at the means of countering terrorism, personal protection, and review the projection of terrorist activities well into the 21st century.
This course examines prevalent patterns of juvenile delinquency, relates these patterns to theories of child and adolescent development, and considers various theories pertaining to the causes of criminal behavior among juveniles. In addition, this course surveys the roles of police, courts and delinquency intervention programs in the administration of juvenile justice. Emphasis will be given to strategies of prevention and early intervention.
This course will provide the student with an introduction to the theory of criminal investigation, to include the examination of crime scene procedures, case preparation, interviewing, and basic investigative techniques. It will also focus on investigating specific offenses; methods for identifying, collecting and preserving evidence; establishing elements of crimes; and connecting the suspects to the crime. Moreover, the course will outline the characteristics of good law enforcement reports and field notes. Students will learn to write clear, concise and accurate reports with an emphasis on elements of composition, sentence and paragraph construction, grammar, and punctuation. Practice in note taking and writing reports is emphasized and proficiency must be demonstrated.
This course will focus on an overview of criminology issues. Students will learn what criminology is, why we study it, and how it relates to their careers as criminal justice professionals. Specifically, the course will cover the definition of criminology, the competing offending, and crime specific issues surrounding murder, assault, rape, the drug and sex trades, organized criminal activity, and white collar crime.
This course will be an overview of the criminal justice system in America, and will cover: a basic study of powers of arrest, relevant constitutional amendments, pre-trial procedures and motions, the elements of crimes, available defenses, and attendant forms.