Internal Investigations (SC)

Section 1ZO, Spring 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 15/16
Credits: 1

Course Description

A properly conducted internal investigation can get to the facts behind illegal conduct, employee complaints and other potentially problematic legal issues, revealing what occurred and guiding actions to prevent or correct problems. This short course will explore why internal investigations are initiated, how they are conducted, and what remedial actions may follow from their results. The course will combine practical considerations that impact internal investigations with the legal parameters controlling them. Course work will be a combination of lectures and skills work such as conducting interviews and developing investigative plans. Junior attorneys are often asked to assist in internal investigations, whether they work for a private firm or the government. Learning the ins-and-outs of internal investigations before diving into one will be a significant advantage. Specific topics will include: The circumstances that trigger internal investigations; Strategies for planning and conducting internal investigations; Interview tips for internal investigations – complainant, witnesses and accused; Conducting an intake interview; Determining if a full investigation is required; Considering remedial measures; Determining who should conduct the investigation; Creating an investigation action plan; Formulating interview questions; Conducting witness interviews; Interview with the accused; Analyzing the evidence when the interviews are finished; Preparing internal investigation reports; Determining course of action in conjunction with leadership; Closing out the case with the complaining party and the accused; Tips for avoiding retaliation accusations/claims

Course Requirements

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Midterm Type (if any): None
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Final Type (if any): None
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Written Work Product
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Other Work
Course work will be a combination of lectures and skills work such as conducting interviews and developing investigative plans.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Prior coursework in Criminal Procedure is recommended but not required. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
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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