CAP Curriculum


Criminal Justice

This course will provide an overview of the kinds of issues that are often presented in a routine criminal case. The course will examine criminal procedure issues, as well as substantive criminal law issues. During the first week, the course will examine criminal procedure issues, such as search and seizure and police interrogation. During the second week, the course will analyze one or more substantive criminal offenses and defenses, such as homicide and self-defense.

Defamation in the Internet Age

This course will analyze the age-old tort of defamation in light of modern Internet communication methods, including social media. The course will examine the constitutional and common law underpinnings of the doctrine, along with its exception for statements of opinion and heightened standards for statements about public figures. The course will then apply this law to the age of Twitter and Facebook, analyzing the way the common law morphs over time. The course will also look at defamation from a statutory perspective, covering the changes to the doctrine wrought by the passage of  § 230 of the Communications Decency Act, as well as analyzing hypothetical defamation statutes and how their application would compare to the common law.


No textbooks are required. Course materials will be posted on TWEN. Access to TWEN will be provided prior to the start of class.

Course Times and Syllabi

Students are required to attend and participate in all live online chats for each class, each session. See the CAP Participation Policy. Each class meets for two hours, Monday – Friday, and the times for these chats are the same each week. Students will be registered for both courses by the Charleston School of Law Registrar’s Office.

It is highly recommended that students also access each course at least once a day in order to keep up with the postings and the emails related to the courses. The advantage of online courses is that the discussion boards are always open and students may access their classes at any time.

Students will be able to access their syllabi on TWEN. Access to TWEN will be provided prior to the start of the program.