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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: MSCJ 530
Course Title: Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice Management
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Examination of the legal issues within criminal justice management, and of the effects of constitutional provisions, statutes, ordinances and judicial decisions on justice administration. Analysis of the legal aspects of selection, compensation, promotion, assignment and termination of justice employees and consideration of operational issues not addressed in other courses. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Graduate standing.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Many suitable textbooks are available from various publishers and the following list is not comprehensive. Other textbooks may be judged by individual instructors to be more suitable in meeting course objectives. Many current textbooks have companion websites, and the instructor is encouraged to enhance the course experience for the student by utilizing available technology.

The instructor may also want to consider directing the student to websites containing relevant codes and cases, such as or other legal sites maintained by governmental or not-for-profit entities.

Legal Aspects of Police Supervision
By Avery, Isaac (Wadsworth)
The Rights of Law Enforcement Officers
By Aitchison, Will (Labor Relations Information System)
Legal Aspects of Corrections Management
By Cripe and Pearlman (Jones and Bartlett Publishers)
Course Objectives
  • To broaden the knowledge of and appreciation for the legal issues faced by criminal justice managers.
  • To expose the student to important employment related legal issues which are not adequately addressed in other courses.
  • To expose students to the framework for analyzing and understanding the wide variety of important management related legal issues encountered in the criminal justice system.
  • To enable students to apply assorted laws, methods and theories to evaluate real and hypothetical management related legal problems in the criminal justice system.
  • To enhance critical thinking, research and oral and written communication skills on legal issues connected with criminal justice management.
    Measurable Learning
  • Assess current legal problems and issues relating to criminal justice management.
  • Identify and describe the legal issues faced by criminal justice managers.
  • Identify and apply competing laws, priorities, theories and concepts as they relate to criminal justice management.
  • Construct and evaluate arguments for and against proposed and existing laws and policies connected to criminal justice management.
  • Distinguish and differentiate between management related laws and policies adopted at the federal, state, local and intra-agency level.
  • Appraise current literature, materials and developments concerning legal issues connected to criminal justice management.
    Topical Outline:
  • Privacy rights of public employees
  • Affirmative action and employee selection, physical agility testing and written selection tests
  • Age limitations and discrimination of police officers
  • Collective bargaining and Unions
  • Workers compensation law
  • Freedom of speech
  • Freedom of religion
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Sexual discrimination and harassment
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Employee discipline and termination
  • Civil and criminal liability of employees and agencies

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Barry Langford Date: March 10, 2008
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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