Sep 22, 2023  
2023-24 Catalog 
2023-24 Catalog
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LEGAL 220 - Computer Search and Seizure

5 Credits
Every computer forensics investigator must have an underlying foundation in ethics and the law. This multidisciplinary course builds on computer forensics where the legal and ethical issues constraining investigations were first introduced. U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) procedures will be emphasized. This class exposes students to a variety of scenarios ranging from sexual harassment, to running personal business at the workplace, to corporate espionage and network hacking.


Quarters Typically Offered
Spring Day

Designed to Serve Students enrolled in the AAS Digital Recovery/Computer Forensics program, students enrolled in the Legal Studies program. Investigators, evidence technicians, and law enforcement officers.
Active Date 20220330T15:34:21

Grading Basis Decimal Grade
Class Limit 30
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
ProfTech Course Yes
Restricted Elective Yes
Course Outline
  • History of digital evidence in the courts; Current rules of evidence
  • Search warrants and affidavits
    • Requests, issuance, execution
    • Exceptions to warrant requirements
  • Company policies and procedures for computer usage and network access.
    • In the office
    • From home
    • PDAs
    • Wireless
  • Chain of custody procedures
  • How to become an expert witness
  • General and Legal Ethical issues related to computer forensics
  • Applicable Statutes
    • Electronic communications
    • Privacy Act
    • Patriot Act
    • Federal Rules of Evidence and Washington State Evidence Rules

Student Learning Outcomes
Correctly apply relevant sections of the 4th Amendment to computer forensic evidentiary issues.

Correctly apply 4th Amendment search and seizure requirements to hypothetical/analytical problems and exercises.

Correctly draft a warrant and supportive affidavit for computer search.

Correctly apply electronic discovery rules to forensic evidence in a hypothetical court proceeding.

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