This course provides a realistic, hands-on guide to the practice of criminal law. The program offers a highly practical introduction to the field, exploring essential legal principles and their applications through a series of real-world cases, including prosecution, defense, and appellate processes. Students in this course will learn about criminal law from all angles, including prosecutorial and defense-oriented issues. Students will learn about the various categories of crimes, types and presentation of evidence, pre-trial rights of a defendant, issues revolving around crimes against persons and crimes against property, rights during a criminal trial, and more. The textbook also addresses relevant Supreme Court decisions and their ramifications and offers insights from actual paralegals and examples from real cases.

For an experienced paralegal, increasing your knowledge and skillset can lead to related growth and opportunities Paralegals must stay current on technologies, trends and evolving law to stay on top of a competitive market in such timely issues as e-discovery, corporate law, criminal law, immigration, real estate and family law. Rice University partners with the ICD, the curriculum developers of our renowned legal studies program to offer convenient on-demand courses to provide educational opportunities 24/7.

Graduates of the Rice Paralegal Certificate program are eligible for a discounted rate of $399 per course.

Course Details

  • Understand foundational criminal law issues, including arrest, search, and seizure.
  • Understand the role of a Grand Jury.
  • Identify forms of evidence and issues related to use and introduction of evidence by the prosecution.
  • Be fluent in the process of discovery during a criminal prosecution.
  • Be able to identify categories of crime.
  • Know the rights of a defendant during the trial process.
  • Recognize potential criminal defenses to specific charges.
  • Understand the process of sentencing and appeal of a criminal case.

Self-Guided Learning

This course does not include traditional lectures. Instead, the student will utilize multiple study-support tools that act as a guide for the learning process. These tools may include:

  • Chapter Overview and Introduction
  • Lecture Notes
  • Chapter Review and Review Answers
  • Chapter Quiz (required to proceed)

In addition, students will have access to an instructor via email if any questions arise.

Estimated Course Hours (including study and online learning): 24 hours

Course Outline

  • Arrest, Search, and Seizure
  • Post-arrest and Grand Jury
  • Evidentiary Issues in Prosecution
  • Interrogation, Confessions, and Miranda
  • Arraignment and Discovery
  • Principals, Accessories, and Attempt
  • Crimes Against the Person and Sex-related Crimes
  • Crimes Against Property
  • Crimes Against Public Order, Morality and Health
  • Rights Associated with the Trial
  • Defenses, Sentencing and Appeal
  • Paralegals seeking to further enhance their knowledge and skills
  • Professionals preparing to become a paralegal in a law firm, working for a state or county prosecutor, or for a public defender
  • Professionals seeking legal perspectives on criminal law and procedure

Financial assistance information can be found on Rice Financial Aid's Visiting and Continuing Education Students page.

Due to the high demand for courses, registrations are considered final as of 10 working days before class starts. No refunds will be issued after these dates and credits will not be given for future classes. No refunds will be granted for participants who miss a portion of a program. Refund requests before the deadline are subject to a 10% processing fee and must be made in writing to gscs@rice.edu. If books have been issued, the cost of the books and any shipping fees will be deducted. Refunds for credit card payments will be processed as credits to the accounts from which they were paid and may not appear as a credit until the following statement. Refunds for enrollments paid by check take up to four weeks to be processed and mailed by the Rice University accounting office. There is a $30 charge for any check returned for insufficient funds.

Student Performance Assessment Methods and Grading Procedures

Your grade in this class will be based upon your cumulative understanding of the course concepts.

  • Final Exam: The final exam will be 50% of the course grade.
  • Written Assignments: You will have two written assignments, which will each be worth 25% of your final grade. The assignments will be provided on the Study Support website.

In preparing assignments, all positions and conclusions must be substantiated and supported. Identify all key areas, fully address all questions and provide the basis for your conclusion. Please also cite sources to support your statements.

Your assignment grades will be based upon the above criteria. Please be comprehensive in drafting your responses and reach out to your Instructor if you require clarification or assistance.

In order to ensure that you understand the concepts covered in the exam and assignments, make sure to review the text materials, as well as the Chapter Quizzes, available on CareerStudyLabs.com.


Criminal Law and Procedure for the Paralegal, 2nd Edition (Bevans)

Formats and Prices (approximate):

Standard New (recommended): from $138
Standard Rental: $55
eTextbook: $63

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Criminal Law for Paralegals
Online, self paced
Jul 01, 2022 to Dec 31, 2022
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition $599.00
Section Notes

*Please note that these courses are available 24/7 anytime during the semester window of July 1 through December 31, 2022, and will be repeated again in the spring.

Visit our page with links to test drive each of the specialty credential courses that provides the first chapter study support and Chapter Quiz for each program. https://mycareerstudylabs.com/essentialskills/specialist/testdrive/ 

Discount codes cannot be applied retroactively after purchase has been made.

After you purchase the on-demand course, please follow these steps to access the materials:

Step 1: Go to:  https://continuingstudies.instructure.com

Step 2:  Username:  Email that you used when registering for this course.
              Password:   Same password you used to register for this course.
Step 3:  Select your current course.