MSL | Master of Science in Law

Master of Science in Law Degree Courses at CalSouthern

The following law degree courses comprise the Master of Science in Law (MSL) program at CalSouthern. The online MSL degree program covers the major substantive areas of U.S. law (as well as the basic principles of international law), with courses ranging from torts, contracts, property, and constitutional law to domestic relations and intellectual property.

Required Courses

MSL 86100 Criminal Law

Credits : 3
This course examines the structure and function of criminal law and criminal procedure. Focus is placed on crimes against the person and property including homicide, battery, assault, theft crimes, inchoate crimes and their corresponding defenses. The procedural portion of the course surveys the criminal justice system with emphasis on the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments to the United States Constitution including topics such as searches, seizures, interrogation, line-ups, and double jeopardy.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Examine the nature and purpose of criminal law and procedure, the elements necessary for proving crimes - mens rea and actus reus, and the parties to a crime.
  • Evaluate, compare and contrast various crimes against a person including Homicide, Assault and Battery, Mayhem, Sex Crimes, Kidnapping and False Imprisonment
  • Evaluate, compare, and contrast the elements of crimes against property and habitation including burglary, arson, theft crimes, computer crime, as well as crimes against the public.
  • Evaluate and understand the inchoate offenses of attempt, conspiracy, and solicitation.
  • Identify and distinguish the various factual, statutory, and constitutional defenses to a crime.
  • Examine the structure of the government and U.S. court system as it relates to the criminal justice system, including the power of the government to regulate criminal behavior.
  • Evaluate searches, seizures, arrests, and the Exclusionary Rule under the Fourth Amendment.
  • Evaluate interrogation procedures, identification procedures, and police surveillance practices as governed by the Constitution.
  • Evaluate and study the criminal pretrial and trial processes and sentencing and appeals.
  • Synthesize course concepts through interaction and discussion with other learners and faculty mentor.
  • Integrate course concepts and demonstrate fundamental legal analysis in written form, including a case brief, movie critique applying concepts learned to a factual scenario, and a final paper.
  • Integrate course concepts in the form of a mid-term exam.
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