Sep 20, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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LAW 6239 - Civil Rights Practicum: Police Misconduct Litigation


Credits: 2

The mission of the Civil Rights practicum is to engage students in contemporary civil rights litigation and advocacy from a practice standpoint. Students analyze current civil rights cases highlighted in the national media such as those recently involving George Floyd; Breonna Taylor; the cities of Ferguson, Baltimore, Chicago; and the Waco biker shootout. Students analyze videos of police actions to determine whether there was an abuse of force. Sometimes the videos tell the whole story but other times not. The course offers a unique opportunity for students to learn substantive law about civil rights cases in combination with the advocacy skills that are necessary to win them. Students gain a working knowledge of the civil rights issues involved in police misconduct cases, prisoners’ rights litigation, and other related constitutional violations. Students also learn how to evaluate the merits of such cases and develop advocacy strategies that can apply to any litigation. (*updated* 11/20/2020; effective spring 2021)



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