Civil Rights Litigation

Section 1, Spring 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 0/70
Credits: 3
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • WF
  • 1000-1120
  • WB128
01/26/2022 04/29/2022

Course Description

This course will focus on constitutional litigation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Section 1983 is a Reconstruction era civil rights statute that allows victims of unconstitutional state action to sue those persons who have injured them. Section 1983 actions run the gamut from police brutality litigation, to suits brought by businesses and property owners raising challenges to the constitutionality of state and local governmental regulation. The course will also cover how litigants can obtain judicial relief against federal officers for their violations of Constitution. Considerable emphasis will be placed on procedural, jurisdictional, and other barriers to relief—especially problems surrounding the immunities of governments and their officers from suit. Because this course deals primarily with constitutional litigation, it will not directly address other statutes that prohibit various forms of private discrimination in employment, housing, and education.

Course Requirements

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

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Constitutional Law (6001)) Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
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.

Schedule No.
122217752
Law No.
LAW8003
Modified Type
Lecture
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 22, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, May 01, 11:59 PM
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