Students in the civil rights litigation clinic will tackle questions of litigation strategy, practice litigation skills in the civil rights context, and work on pending and potential cases. During the class seminar, which meets twice a week, we will develop litigation skills through several skill-building simulations – including client interviews, complaint drafting, litigation planning, depositions, and settlement negotiations – based on an actual police misconduct case, Chang v. Ramsey, litigated in federal district court in Washington, DC. Teams of students will also work on pending civil rights cases and investigations. Significant out-of-class time will be required for team meetings and case work. This graded, six-unit clinical course is limited to a maximum of eight students. Enrollment is by application.
Clinic students must have taken Section 1983 Doctrine and Practice, held during the January Term. There are no other prerequisites.