Advanced Topics in Law of the Police

Section 1ZO, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 19/30
Credits: 2

Course Description

What happens when police officers break the law? How do legal remedies influence police conduct? This course will look at some of the major legal consequences imposed for police misconduct and ask what role constitutional remedies and their state law counterparts play in encouraging the police to follow the law. Topics will include: the exclusionary rule; criminal prosecutions of officers, civil suits for damages; and civil suits for equitable relief by both private actors and government officials. In addition, to the extent that time allows, we will also consider a few law-based (but non-litigative) methods of shaping police conduct, such as state decertification; insurance mandates; accreditation; state hiring and training standards; data collection and transparency; and community oversight.

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: Students will write a short research paper on an approved topic comparing the law in several jurisdictions with respect to one of the remedies studied or an another area of remedial reform. The paper will be due via EXPO (deadline to be announced).

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course, including Law of the Police (Law 7106), though having taken Law 7106 will be helpful. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes: This class will meet entirely online. Class will take place synchronously via Zoom. Any additional remote learning details from the instructor will be posted to the course's Canvas page at a later date.

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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