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CJS 210 Constitutional Law

This course provides an overview and critical examination of constitutional law as it relates to criminal justice issues. A historical overview of the U.S. Constitution is covered along with how the Constitution works in the legal system including the role of the Supreme Court and constitutional interpretation. The First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments are emphasized. Current developments in constitutional law will be reviewed. The course also examines how the Constitution protects the rights of those charged as well as the rights of law-abiding citizens.


Special information

Co-Requisites: CJS 201 Foundations in Criminal Justice.
3 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 1, 1998 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Identify and analyze the historical and constitutional foundations of criminal justice in the United States.
  • Recognize and illustrate past, present, and emerging constitutional issues within the criminal justice system.
  • Describe and analyze key cases, legal terms, clauses, and chronologies in constitutional law.
  • Describe and apply key constitutional amendments as they relate to crime and justice issues.
  • Demonstrate written and oral communication skills by analyzing and evaluating actual and hypothetical criminal justice scenarios.
  • Identify and demonstrate the roles that constitutional federalism play when state and federal constitutional principles and protections diverge.
  • Develop and improve critical thinking and communication skills.

Spring 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Constitutional Law Choi, John Jung-Hoon Books for CJS-210-50 Spring 2024 Course details for CJS-210-50 Spring 2024

Fall 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Constitutional Law Boylan, Sean E Books for CJS-210-50 Fall 2024 Course details for CJS-210-50 Fall 2024