Criminal Investigation

Section 1, Spring 17

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 77/80
Credits: 3

Course Description

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.

Course Requirements

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

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

Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: Criminal Procedure Survey
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
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.)

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.

General Information

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