CJ 204 Constitutional Law • 5 Cr.


Studies the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the U. S. Constitution and their impact on contemporary police practices. Students analyze Supreme Court decisions concerning arrests, searches, seizures, self-incrimination, and post-indictment right to counsel.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Explain the history of the U.S. Constitution; the importance of the Constitution and the development and role of the United States Supreme Court.
  • Explain and discuss the process of judicial interpretation of the Constitution and the impact of the philosophies of the individual justices on the courts decisions.
  • Explain the legal terminology and concepts in the area of Constitutional Law.
  • Identify and explain selected individual liberties as established by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and other amendments.
  • Explain and discuss historical decisions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court and to further discuss contemporary issues facing the U.S. Supreme Court today.