Law and Psychology: Wrongful Convictions Seminar

Section 1, Spring 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 9/14
Credits: 3
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • M
  • 1400-1600
  • WB116
01/24/2022 04/25/2022

Course Description

Why are people wrongfully convicted? There are a variety of reasons: some involve intentional bad faith, others involve decisions or reactions that are bad or unintentionally biased. Psychologists have been studying relevant decision processes for decades. In this seminar, we will look at what the psychology research has to say about things like: police investigation, line-ups, false confessions, prosecutorial discretion, plea bargaining, jury “selection”, eyewitness memory, forensic science evidence, alibis, jury decision making, and appellate decision making.

Course Requirements

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Most weeks — choice of short response papers (3-4 pages) submitted directly to the professor (not via EXPO). Final wrap-up paper (6-8 pages) due to EXPO during Finals week (deadline to be announced).

Other Work
Student participation is important to class success

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Evidence (6104)) AND (Criminal Law (6003)) Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
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.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Criminal Justice
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, May 01, 11:59 PM