Law of the Police

Section 1, Spring 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 71/80
Credits: 3
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • TR
  • 1130-1250
  • SL278
01/21/2020 04/23/2020

Course Description

This course will explore the web of interacting federal, state, and local laws that govern police officers and departments. Many kinds of law restrict or incentivize police conduct. Still other laws govern the hiring, training, and management of police officers and public access to information about the police. We will look at the police as a regulated entity, considering some of the doctrines, statutes, and administrative regulations that affect them. After an introduction to contemporary American policing, topics will include [1] rules governing police conduct in investigations, street policing, and the use of force, and the federalism and comparative institutional questions these rules raise; [2] remedies for police misconduct, including the exclusionary rule, § 1983, criminal prosecution, and suits for departmental reforms; and if there is time, [3] the law governing the production and distribution of information about policing. The format of this course is primarily lecture with some class discussion.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Civil Rights Litigation, Criminal Investigation or Criminal Procedure Survey recommended, but not required Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: Police Misconduct (9010)
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Saturday, April 11, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 26, 11:59 PM