Law of the Police

Section 1, Fall 18

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 79/80
Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will explore the web of interacting federal, state, and local laws that govern the police and police departments. While the police are often thought to be regulated by primarily by constitutional criminal procedure doctrines, in fact, many sources of law outside the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments restrict police conduct and remedy or punish violations of conduct rules. Still other laws govern the hiring, training, and management of police officers and public access to information about the police. This course will consider the police as a regulated entity, looking at some of these doctrines, statutes, and administrative regulations. After an introduction to contemporary American policing, topics will include [1] rules governing the police conduct, including non-criminal-procedure rules, such as those arising out of First Amendment doctrine, the law of entrapment, and international law; [2] remedies for police misconduct, including the exclusionary rule, § 1983, criminal prosecution, and internal administrative discipline; and [3] the law governing the production and distribution of information about policing, such as state wiretap laws that regulate citizen videotaping of police officers. The format of this course is primarily lecture with some class discussion.

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: Civil Rights Litigation, 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 Notes:

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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