Section 1, Spring 23
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This course examines the legal doctrines that surround and control the investigation of crime - in particular, the constitutional doctrines that define what the police can and cannot do. The main topics will be the Fourth Amendment law of searches and seizures and the Fifth Amendment regulation of police interrogations and confessions. In addressing these topics, we will consider a number of themes, including the influence of the War on Drugs on the Fourth Amendment legal landscape, the incentives legal rules create for police and prosecutorial conduct, the problem of balancing effective law enforcement with procedural protection for suspects, and the degree to which constitutional rules intersect with questions of race and class.
Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester
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Other Course Details
Prerequisites: . Constitutional Law recommended, but not required Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: Criminal Procedure Survey (7009)
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: This course may be taken before or after (and with or without) Criminal Adjudication. However, this course (whether or not paired with Criminal Adjudication) pre-empts the four-credit Criminal Procedure Survey course; students who take the Survey may not take either Criminal Adjudication or Criminal Investigation. (Students who plan to practice criminal law or who have a particular interest in the subject matter of either Criminal Investigation or Criminal Adjudication should take this course and its counterpart, Criminal Adjudication, rather than the Survey. Criminal Investigation and Adjudication together provide more in-depth study of criminal procedure.)
*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.
Cross Listed: No
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Concentrations: Criminal Justice, Litigation and Procedure, Race and Law
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM