Current Issues in Law and Psychological Science

Section 1, Spring 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 8/16
Credits: 3

Course Description

This seminar will examine the legal and scientific questions raised by the use of psychological evidence in the courtroom. A series of leading lawyers and psychologists will be invited to present cutting-edge work in this burgeoning interdisciplinary field. The students will have written papers evaluating and critiquing the work in class the week before each speaker presents. Law students and graduate students in psychology will discuss ongoing legal challenges to the admissibility of psychological evidence and scientific challenges to conducting research that is simultaneously legally relevant and empirically valid. Interested UVA faculty from the Law School as well as the psychology department and other disciplines will also attend given sessions. Topics that may be addressed include juvenile justice, risk assessment, trial competence, mass incarceration, firearm regulation, and jury decision making. Students do not need a background in psychology and there are no prerequisites.

Course Requirements

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

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


Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to write a 25-page research paper due via EXPO by noon on the last day of the exam period.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: Yes
**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.
Law No.
Modified Type
Cross Listed: Yes
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic: PSYC 9559
Public Syllabus Link: None
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