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LSTD503 - Criminal Justice Process

Course Details

Course Code: LSTD503 Course ID: 2579 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course addresses the specific constitutional rights, including the fourth, fifth and sixth amendments as those that have a direct impact on the defendant and prosecution in the judicial process. The course will review issues of the pre-arrest stage to post conviction remedies, as well as the procedural laws in the criminal justice process and their limits. The parameters of these limits will be analyzed by studying various court decisions.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course the Student will be able to:

LO1. Diagram the entire criminal justice process. This will include the pre-arrest stage to post conviction remedies.

LO2. Appraise the rights of persons against unreasonable search and seizures.

LO3. Categorize the use of warrants. When are warrants needed or not needed. What are the constitutional prerequisites for obtaining search warrants?

LO4. Evaluate the use of Miranda warnings and identify its exceptions.

LO5. Determine the legal rights of defendants.

LO6. Classify the situations when a person has a right to counsel. Compare how the 5th amendment right to counsel differs from the 6th amendment right to counsel.

LO7. Contrast the duties of the judge, defense attorneys and prosecutor during the different charging processes.

LO8. Examine the defendant’s right to bail. Identify what are the processes involved in a bail hearing.

LO9. Illustrate what is double jeopardy and how is it applied.

LO10. Examine terrorism and the legislative process.


There will be forums and assignments based on the readings – they are geared to help students prepare for the week 8 final project. Students are expected to complete the forums and assignments. The forums and assignments will be posted in the Forums and Assignments links in the electronic classroom.

Questions and topics posed in the Forums are designed to promote thought and insight. Students must provide a critical review of the questions, topics and issues posed and substantively reply to the contributions of at least three peers. Individual postings should include a full discussion of the content of the question posed and explain how it relates to the concepts in the weekly text readings and other resources. The postings should be analytic in nature and include comparisons/contrasts, and examples that can bolster your point. The Forum is for your benefit and it is important to respond to the discussion topic and to engage others in a running dialogue.

Your initial post should be made by Wednesday this week. You must then respond to 3 or more posts.

This can be accomplished by

· Validating with additional evidence from the literature.

· Posing a thoughtful question with commentary which generates further discussion.

· Providing an alternative point-of-view, with evidence and examples.

· Offering additional insight into how the concept might be understood, with evidence provided with real world examples.

You should be active in the classroom throughout the week and actively engaged in the back-and-forth discussion between your colleagues and the professor.

The forum grading rubric can be found in gradebook by clicking on the forum entry.

In addition, students will be required to submit a 10-page research paper. Students may choose any topic related to the course material.


The central function of legal citation is to allow the reader to efficiently locate the cited source. All students in the Legal Studies program are required to follow the legal citation guidelines set forth in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Columbia Law Review Ass'n et. al. eds., 20th ed. 2015). However, if you are a student from another discipline and you use APA, you may use APA in this class.

Do not purchase The Bluebook, as it is available at the APUS library. Use this link to access:


All written submissions should be submitted in a font and page set-up that is readable and neat. It is recommended that students try to adhere to a consistent format, which is described below.

  • Typewritten in double-spaced format with a readable style and font and submitted inside the electronic classroom (unless classroom access is not possible and other arrangements have been approved by the professor).
  • 12-point font Times New Roman style.
  • Page margins Top, Bottom, Left Side and Right Side = 1 inch, with reasonable accommodation being made for special situations and online submission variances.
  • Footnotes at the bottom of page.

Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Publication Info:

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation, 21st Ed - Style guide information available online, please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Author:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Unit Cost:$56.25
Book Title:The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the System, 16th ed. (Ebook available in the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:NOLO Lib

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.