Law of the Police II: Remedies and Reform

Section 1, Spring 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 17/18
Credits: 2
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • M
  • 1130-1330
  • WB114
01/24/2022 04/25/2022

Course Description

What happens when police officers break the law? How do legal remedies influence police conduct? This course looks at the statutes and doctrines that shape legal consequences for police misconduct. The goal is to assess how--and how well--these remedies influence police behavior and to consider how they might be reformed. We will discuss both federal and state law. Topics will include: the exclusionary rule; criminal prosecution of officers, civil suits for damages; and civil suits for equitable relief by both private actors and public officials; state decertification; and select legal reforms intended to improve policing, such as community oversight; hiring and training laws; and body worn cameras. This class will include lecture and extensive discussion. Grades will be based on class participation, a short research paper, and a short exam. You need not take Law of the Police I: Rules, Rights, and Regulation to take this course. Both courses use the same casebook: Rachel Harmon, The Law of the Police (Wolters Kluwer, 2021). If you have purchased the casebook for Law of the Police I, you do not need to purchase any additional materials for this course.

Course Requirements

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will write a short research paper on an approved topic relating to contemporary reform of policing remedies. The paper will be due via EXPO (deadline to be announced).

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course, though taking Law of the Police I (Law 7106) first is helpful. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

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

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level 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: Tuesday, April 26, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, May 01, 11:59 PM