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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
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 05/30/21 Spring 2021 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. 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.
NameGrade %
Introduction 1.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Forums 64.00 %
Week 1 9.14 %
Week 2 9.14 %
Week 3 9.14 %
Week 4 9.14 %
Week 5 9.14 %
Week 6 9.14 %
Week 7 9.14 %
Research Paper 20.00 %
Research Paper 20.00 %
Assignment Week 8 15.00 %
Mapping the Criminal Justice Process 15.00 %
Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
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Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.