Public Safety & Civil Liberties - Practical Perspectives on Policing

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 5/16
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • W
  • 1100-1300
  • WB114
01/25/2023 04/26/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

How can local law enforcement promote public safety while protecting civil liberties? How do we break down the false choice often posed between these two critical priorities? This skills simulation seminar will focus on selected topics that pose contentious policy challenges for law enforcement, including crafting effective crime control strategies, deploying investigative practices that are both fair and useful, investigating political activity of a broad range of ideologically-driven actors who engage in or threaten violence, and calibrating use of force policies to maximize both officer and civilian safety. In addition to readings and discussion, students will engage in negotiation simulations and policy-drafting exercises and have opportunities to present their policies.

Course Requirements

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Grading will be based upon class participation and 2-3 short response papers (30%) (due directly to instructors, not via EXPO), policy drafting and negotiation assignments (30%), and a final paper (40%) (approx 10 pages due via EXPO by noon on the last day of the finals period).

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Students are encouraged, but to required, to have taken Constitutional Law (LAW 6001) and one of these: Criminal Investigation (LAW 7019), Criminal Adjudication (LAW 7018) or Criminal Procedure Survey (LAW 7009). Also, because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. 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: Yes
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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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, April 20, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM