CJ-600: Substantive and Procedural Criminal Law

Duration: 4 Weeks
Credits: 2 Credits (84 Clock Hours)


Course Syllabus (click to view)


Every Criminal Justice professional should possess a fundamental understanding of the classic theories of the American criminal law. This overview course reviews the basic concepts of both substantive and procedural criminal law. The course is based on leading criminal law courses taught at major law schools, but condensed into a lively four-week session designed for the criminal justice professional. In addition to an overview of the critical concepts, the student is presented with thought-provoking examples from the annals of the criminal justice system. Crimes against the person, crimes against property, legal defenses (such as the insanity defense), as well as the theory and history of criminal justice are presented together with a practical skills exploration of the criminal justice process.

Earn Your Certificate Online

Upon completion of this individual course, students will be awarded a certificate from the The Washington Online Learning Institute.

Certification from the accredited Washington Online Learning Institute will signify the student's achievement in both knowledge and competence.

This certificate is valid in all 50 States.


Course Format: Instructor Led Online Course

Students are required to complete weekly reading assignments both from the textbook and other supplemental materials. Students must also participate in discussions with the course instructor and fellow students. Discussion forums are provided in the WOLI online classroom.

Online tests are conducted at the end of each course.

Students are not required to attend any scheduled class meetings. Log in at your convenience to attend school.


Fully Accredited Online School

WOLI is fully accredited by the Middle States Association (MSA) Commission on Secondary Schools, one of the most prestigious accrediting agencies in the United States.