Race, Law and School Policing (SC)

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 13/20
Credits: 1
Days* Date Time Room
  • R
  • R
  • R
  • R
  • R
  • R
  • 03/16/2023
  • 03/23/2023
  • 03/30/2023
  • 04/06/2023
  • 04/13/2023
  • 04/20/2023
  • 1800-2000
  • 1800-2000
  • 1800-2000
  • 1800-2000
  • 1800-2000
  • 1800-2000
  • WB162
  • WB162
  • WB162
  • WB162
  • WB162
  • WB162
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

In the wake of several disturbing violent arrests of students in the media and a vast amount of data documenting racial disparities in school discipline, demands for change have come to include the presence of police in our nation’s schools. This class addresses these demands and poses questions about the appropriate role of school police officers, the extent and limits of the law on school police officers’ authority and power, and the real-world impact of such efforts. Students will learn to identify and understand the complexities of these issues, and gain experience in the type of data analysis, persuasive writing, and oral arguments scholars and advocates use to advocate for change.

Course Requirements

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: In addition to completing all assigned reading, each student will be required to submit two five-page response papers to any two articles/cases covered in two separate classes (directly to instructor, not via EXPO). A recommended way to approach response papers is to pose a question to yourself and try to answer it. Your written paper should do the following: 1) Briefly state the part of the argument or aspect of the reading you plan to address; (2) Briefly take a position, stating (in one to two sentences) what action should take place; (3) Use evidence from the materials to support your argument, (4) Identify and respond to counterarguments to the claim(s) that you are making, (5) Describe anything else you think you would need to know in order to decide whether or not to support your position.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None 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
ABA Seminar
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Race and Law
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, April 13, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Saturday, April 22, 11:59 PM