Criminal Law and Procedure Concentration

PLG 605 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English

Criminal Law and Procedure Concentration - Paralegal Certificate

Criminal law imposes consequences for conduct considered so harmful to society that it is prohibited by statute, at the state and federal levels. Criminal law is operationalized through criminal procedure, an intricate set of procedural rules and parameters sourced in the Bill of Rights, and interpreted by the courts. There are many nuisances in criminal law and criminal procedure that require an in depth understanding of statutory elements, proof requirements, rights, procedural line drawing associated with rights, and implications for rights violations. The criminal justice system is comprised of courts, law enforcement, and corrections. The components are interdependent and independent in role and function. Understanding system dynamics is a foundation for understanding criminal law and procedure. Assessing criminal liability based on state and federal law, exploring substantive and procedural legal requirements, evaluating possible defenses, and breaking down punishment options are key learning areas in criminal law and procedure. One material fact can change procedural direction, and vastly impact the criminal case. Scales tip between individual rights, and societal needs, in line drawing. Each time the scale tips, there are reverberations that impact the components of the criminal justice system. A solid comprehension of substantive criminal law and procedure, with emphasis on requirements, rights interpretations, and impacts, is integral to work as a paralegal in criminal law. The criminal law and procedures areas of focus, connected with application based enhanced legal research and writing skills, provides a well-rounded knowledge base and skillset for paralegals in this area of law.

Upon successful completion of the University of Miami Paralegal Certificate Program - Criminal Law and Procedure Concentration, the participant will demonstrate proficiency in:

  • Exploring foundations of criminal law
  • Explaining the functions of courts, corrections, and law enforcement
  • Breaking down criminal cases from pre-arrest through post-conviction
  • Evaluating Bill of Rights protections
  • Assessing impacts of rights interpretation shifts
  • Analyzing state and federal felony and misdemeanor statutes
  • Describing criminal defenses
  • Laying out the roles of police, prosecutors, judges, defense attorneys, and other key actor in the criminal process
  • Analyzing ethical considerations of paralegals in criminal law and procedure
  • Conducting advanced legal research in criminal law and criminal procedure


This course is available as part of the following:

Certificate in Practice Area Concentration Certificate

Paralegal Concentration Certificate Programs are designed to expand the educational and professional horizons for all paralegals.