Law of the Police I: Rules, Rights, and Regulation

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 34/64
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • MW
  • 1130-1250
  • SL258
08/31/2022 12/07/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

How —and how well—do we govern the police? What rules and rights shape police encounters? How might they do so differently? This course explores the web of federal, state, and local laws that governs police officers and departments. After an introduction to American policing, the considers a range of statutory and constitutional rules, including those that regulate uncovering and preventing crime, proactive policing, stopping traffic, using force, policing protests, videotaping the police, and maintaining order. We will look at the comparative competence of different regulators of the police, such as legislatures and courts, and look conflicts among the federal government, states, and local governments over what the police should do. The format of this course is primarily lecture with class discussion. Both this course and Law of the Police II: Remedies and Reforms use the same casebook, Rachel Harmon, The Law of the Police (Aspen, 2021).

Course Requirements

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

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Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: 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 Resources: See course description
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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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, November 30, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM