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Criminal Law Courses

Take free online criminal law courses to build your skills and advance your career. Learn criminal law and other in-demand subjects with courses from top universities and institutions around the world on edX.

What is Criminal Law?

Criminal law is the system of rules or laws enacted to protect a society against the unlawful actions of individuals. The laws define the actions that constitute a violation as well as the associated punishment.

Online Criminal Law Courses and Programs

Get an introduction to American criminal law with online courses from major universities and institutions worldwide. edX offers criminal justice programs designed to help you learn about criminal law in an engaging and effective online learning environment complete with video tutorials, quizzes and more. You will learn about law enforcement, homeland security, social science, criminal behavior, private security, juvenile justice, public safety, criminal investigations, crime scene investigation, emergency management, human rights, federal law, and more with cases in the United States and around the world. Taking criminal justice courses using online programs and online classes can help you master law enforcement training completely.

Additionally, edX offers the option to pursue verified certificates. The certificate lists edX and the name of the university or institution offering the course and can be uploaded to your LinkedIn profile. It is proof for employers and others that you have successfully completed the course. Get started in with one the following courses or programs.

International Criminal Law is an introductory course from Peking University taught in Chinese that looks at general principles of criminal law as well as specific international crimes such as war crimes and crimes against humanity. Learn the basics of modern international criminal law by studying legal systems in China, the U.S., Germany, Britain and other countries.

The Psychology of Criminal Justice from The University of Queensland takes a look at the forensic psychology of law to understand the effectiveness of law and the criminal justice system. By walking through a fictional white collar crime criminal case, including the crime scene, investigation and trial, this course explores concepts of criminal profiling, eyewitness memory distortion, biases, suspect questioning and interrogation, the reliability of expert witnesses and much more.

Explore these and other free online criminal law courses. Many courses are self-paced so you can enroll and start learning today.