LAW 176 Criminal Law (3)

3 hours lecture per week

Recommended Preparation: Credit in or qualification for ENG 100 or ESL 100.

This course provides an overview of the major legal issues of criminal procedure and substantive criminal law and how felony and non-felony cases make their way through the Hawai`i criminal justice system. Pretrial motions, plea-bargaining, and sentencing issues will also be covered. This course also will give the student a basic understanding of how the criminal law is related to the separation of powers doctrine and the principle of federalism.

Course Syllabus
LAW176 – PDF

Aloha! I’m Professor Susan Jaworowski, paralegal program director, and I’d like to tell you a little bit about LAW 176, Criminal Law. LAW 176 looks at both crucial aspects of criminal law in Hawaii: substantive law and procedural law. The substantive part of the course covers the major categories of crimes – murder, manslaughter, burglary, theft, and others. The procedural part covers how the criminal process is applied to individual defendants – we’ll look at search and seizure laws, Miranda rights, and the intake and complaint process. Both halves will help make up the complete picture of criminal law.