Law and Psychology: Wrongful Convictions Seminar

Section 1, Fall 18

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 14/16
Credits: 3

Course Description

Why are people wrongfully convicted? There are a variety of reasons: some involve intentional bad faith, others involve decisions or reactions that are bad or unintentionally biased. Psychologists have been studying relevant decision processes for decades. In this seminar, we will look at what the psychology research has to say about things like: police investigation, line-ups, false confessions, prosecutorial discretion, plea bargaining, jury “selection”, eyewitness memory, forensic science evidence, alibis, jury decision making, and appellate decision making.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): None
Description:

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Weekly short response papers submitted directly to the professor (not via EXPO).

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Evidence (6104)) AND (Criminal Law (6003)) Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
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

Schedule No.
118821393
Law No.
LAW9297
Modified Type
Seminar
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Criminal Justice
Public Syllabus Link: None
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