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Fundamentals of Criminal Law and Procedure for Paralegals Third Edition

Thomas E. McClure, Thomas E. Eimermann


  • ISBN: 9781543858600

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  • Description

    A realistic and practical text for criminal law and procedure.

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    Fundamentals of Criminal Law and Procedure for Paralegals focuses on providing the skills and knowledge students need to function effectively in careers related to criminal law.  From investigation and discovery to trial and sentencing, this text traces every step of the way through five hypothetical criminal cases that illustrate procedure, raise discussion questions, and engage students in skill-building exercises. Realistic and practical, the text engages students with discussions of the criminal justice system, the role of police and lawyers, the basic principles of criminal law, constitutional limitations, and trial procedures.


    New to the Third Edition:  

    • Thoroughly updated, incorporating new, more current examples of how our criminal justice system works 
    • Expanded coverage of 
      • Laws dealing with insurrection, rebellion, sedition, and hate crimes 
      • Prosecutions of law enforcement personnel for having violated criminal statutes in the course of carrying out their police duties 
      •  Hate Crimes to include a discussion of how it relates to the death of George Floyd and its use in the prosecution of the Georgia Jogger case 
      • The self-defense claims raised by George Zimmerman and Kyle Rittenhouse in their respective prosecutions for murder; the Rittenhouse case raises related issues of vigilantism and gun laws 
      • How the court system adopted to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic 

    Professors and students will benefit from: 

    • A logical three-part organization: 
      •    Criminal Law: The criminal justice system, principles of criminal law, and types of criminal offenses 
      •    Criminal Procedure: From commission of the offense to plea bargaining 
      •    Criminal Procedure: Trials and their aftermath 
    • An emphasis on the role of paralegals, lawyers, and law enforcement in criminal cases 
    • Five hypothetical cases woven throughout the text that illustrate procedure, raise discussion questions and offer opportunities for research exercises 
    • Coverage of both white collar and “street crime,” from both state and federal perspectives 
    • Excerpts from statutes, court opinions, investigative reports, and pleadings 
    • Strong pedagogy, including discussion questions, application exercises, marginal definitions, and end-of-chapter review questions 
    • Assignments that mirror the tasks a paralegal would perform in a prosecutor or defense counsel’s office 


    Teaching materials include: 

    • Instructor’s Manual 
    • Test Bank 
    • PowerPoint slides 
  • Additional Product Details

    Publication Date: 1/18/23
    Copyright: 2023
    Pages: 576
    Print Book: 9781543858600
    eBook: 9781543858617

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    Detailed Table of Contents Download (PDF)

    Summary of Contents

    List of Illustrations
    About the Authors
    Introduction to Hypothetical Cases

    Chapter 1 - The Criminal Justice System
    Chapter 2 - Basic Principles of Criminal Law
    Chapter 3 - Types of Offenses

    Chapter 4 - Investigation of Criminal Behavior
    Chapter 5 - The Prosecutor’s Role in Initiating Cases
    Chapter 6 - Legal Representation for the Accused
    Chapter 7 - Legal Defenses
    Chapter 8 - Discovery and Disclosure
    Chapter 9 - Pretrial Motions and Plea Bargaining

    Chapter 10 - The Nature of Criminal Trials
    Chapter 11 - Preparation for Trial
    Chapter 12 - The Conduct of the Trial
    Chapter 13 - Sentencing
    Chapter 14 - Appeals
    Chapter 15 - Related Proceedings


  • Author Information

    Thomas E. McClure

    Tom McClure is an assistant professor of politics and government at Illinois State University. Illinois State University employed McClure as an adjunct instructor from 2003 until 2007. At that time, he was appointed the Director of Legal Studies, a position he continues to hold. In addition to teaching a variety of legal studies courses, he supervises the paralegal internship program, oversees the legal studies adjunct faculty, acts as the Mock Trial Team educator coach, and serves as advisor to over 60 legal studies students. McClure is a member of American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and two local bar associations. His interests include running and traveling with his family. He and his wife Karen have two children: Brooke, a sophomore at the University of Illinois studying nuclear engineering, and Bill, a senior at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School.

    Thomas E. Eimermann

    Thomas E. Eimermann is an Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Illinois State University where he started their paralegal program in 1976 and served as its Director until 2004. During those years he taught the Introduction to Paralegal Studies and the Legal Research and Writing courses as well as constitutional law and administrative law.

    Professor Eimermann was a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education’s Board of Directors from 1986–1993 and served as president of that organization in 1991–1992. He has also served in the Certification Board and Specialty Task Force of the National Association of Legal Assistants; as a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services; and as a member of the Hearing Board, the Inquiry Board, and the Oversight Committee of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. As a consultant for the Illinois Department of Corrections, he designed their Uniform Law Clerk Training Program.

    In addition to the three paralegal texts he has coauthored with Professor Currier, Professor Eimermann’s publications also include Fundamentals of Paralegalism, Fundamentals of Criminal Practice: Law and Procedure (coauthored with Thomas McClure), and journal articles on paralegals, jury behavior, and free speech issues. He earned his B.A. in Political Science at North Central College. He went on to receive an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign campus.

    Professors Currier and Eimermann have also authored Introduction to Paralegal Studies: A Critical Thinking Approach, and The Study of Law: A Critical Thinking Approach.

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