Criminal Investigation

Information Introduction

Section 1, Fall 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 64/74
Credits: 4
Days Time Room Start Date End Date






1000-1120 WB126

Course Description

This course examines the legal doctrines that surround and control the investigation of crime - in particular, the constitutional doctrines that define what the police can and cannot do. The main topics will be the Fourth Amendment law of searches and seizures and the Fifth Amendment regulation of police interrogations and confessions. In addressing these topics, we will consider a number of themes, including the influence of the War on Drugs on the Fourth Amendment legal landscape, the incentives legal rules create for police and prosecutorial conduct, the problem of balancing effective law enforcement with procedural protection for suspects, and the degree to which constitutional rules intersect with questions of race and class.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): Flex

Description: Flex exam at end of semester.

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: Criminal Procedure Survey (7009)

Laptops Allowed: Yes

First Day Attendance Required: No

Course Resources: To be announced.

Course Notes: This course may be taken before or after (and with or without) Criminal Adjudication. However, this course (whether or not paired with Criminal Adjudication) pre-empts the four-credit Criminal Procedure Survey course; students who take the Survey may not take either Criminal Adjudication or Criminal Investigation. Students who plan to practice criminal law or who have a particular interest in the subject matter of either Criminal Investigation or Criminal Adjudication should take this course and its counterpart, Criminal Adjudication, rather than the Survey. Criminal Investigation and Adjudication together provide more in-depth study of criminal procedure.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: Yes

Satisfies Writing Requirement: No

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 123819802

Modified Type: Lecture

Cross Listed: No

Waitlist Count: 0

Concentrations: Constitutional Law , Criminal Justice , Race and Law

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