LAWE 220

Legal Studies in Law Enforcement

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 15, 2017 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course meets corresponding learning objectives of the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. Examines law enforcement practices and applications from both constitutional and legal perspectives in these topic areas: constitutional considerations; legal processes pertaining to warrants, subpoenas, orders and summons; contacts, detentions and arrests; knowledge and application of the Minnesota criminal and traffic codes, statutes and regulations; legal foundation for peace officer use of force; and peace officer rights and liabilities.

Special information

Prerequisites: CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice, AND either CJS 200 Literature in Criminal Justice OR CJS 201 Foundations in Criminal Justice required.

Learning outcomes


  • Analyze Supreme Court decisions and implications for the duties and responsibilities of law enforcement regarding search, detention, interrogation, and arrest.
  • Apply practical application of the constitution issues associated with evidence collection and preservation.
  • Demonstrate the direct application of constitutional law to law enforcement operations.
  • Demonstrate written and oral communication skills.
  • Understand the historical overview of Constitutional law.

Fall 2020

Section Title Instructor
01 Legal Studies in Law Enforcement Hasbargen-Hoppenstedt, Jennifer J Books Course details
02 Legal Studies in Law Enforcement Boche, Joseph K Books Course details