Criminal Procedure Specialist Certificate Program with Externship

Program Duration: 6 Months

Course Contact Hours: 375

Student Tuition: $3,999

Program Description:

The legitimacy of American criminal jurisprudence lies in the function and fairness of its criminal courts and students will examine exactly how these institutions uphold the most basic of constitutional rights and values in their daily application. The course takes students through the often-controversial and complex procedures balancing individual rights against the protection of everyone as it pertains to search and seizure of individuals or property, due process requirements for the accused and how these requirements have evolved over the last century through landmark cases interpreted by the US Supreme Court that produced Miranda rights, Terry stops and other common-place considerations necessary throughout the criminal process. The program offers students an overview of the criminal justice system and its processes.

Program Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Distinguish between the due process and crime control perspectives including the impact on criminal procedure

  • Examine what can be done when constitutional rights are violated including civil, criminal, and non-judicial remedies

  • Examine how the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments protect individual rights

  • Analyze criminal procedure prior to trial describing the roles of prosecutors, grand juries and defense attorneys

  • Analyze criminal procedure from first contact to appeals

  • Define terms related to criminal courts and the impact of history on the criminal courts

  • Describe how laws are created

  • Explain the relationship between laws and the court system

  • Analyze the court process from the committing of a crime through post convictions

  • Examine how courts operate, specifically the juvenile courts

  • Differentiate the people involved in the court system

  • Use Microsoft Office

National Certification:

Upon successful completion of this Columbia Southern University program, students would be
eligible to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program at Columbia Southern University will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so. Columbia Southern University works with each student to complete the exam application and register the student to take their national certification exam.

Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum:

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location. Columbia Southern University works with national organizations and has the ability to place students in externship opportunities nationwide.

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