Course Description

LAW 708 - Civil Rights and Police Accountability Clinic

The Civil Rights and Police Accountability Clinic pursues police reform through civil litigation. In the seminar, students will develop litigation skills including complaint drafting, litigation planning, discovery practice, and fact investigation. Additional skills development and seminar subjects will correspond with the cases in which we are engaged. The seminar will include topics relevant to police reform through non-litigation advocacy intended to advance police reforms.

The central feature of this clinical course is our work on civil litigation and pursuing police accountability. Through relationships with nonprofits and private counsel, the clinic assists in potential and ongoing civil lawsuits against law enforcement officers and agencies.  Because police misconduct litigation can take several years from beginning to end and is unpredictable, it is impossible to know for certain what aspect of the litigation process we will work on in our cases.  We do our best to find opportunities that offer a unique insight into the litigation process.

This graded, four-unit clinical course is limited to a maximum of eight students. A significant out-of-class time commitment is required (8 to 10 hours a week). The clinic will be taught by Professor Sunita Patel. The course will meet Wednesday and Friday from 10am-12pm.
To enroll, send your current resume and one to two paragraphs outlining your reasons for enrolling in the clinic to The deadline is Friday, December 14th at 4pm. You may email Professor Patel ( with questions. Enrollment in Suing the Police (Law-908) will be opened for students admitted into the clinic.

Video Description

UCLA Law adheres to ABA Standards in determining the number of credit hours for coursework. Each unit of credit reasonably approximates one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student preparation per week, for the length of the semester. Students are therefore expected to prepare a minimum of two hours outside of class for each hour of class time. Notwithstanding the above general standard, experiential field work units are calculated as follows: 1 unit of credit = a minim of 52 hours per semester (4-5 hours per week of clinic work).

Course Information:

This course is not offered in 2019 - 2020

Previous Course Offerings:

Faculty Term Course Section Schedule Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Lisa Holder 18S 708 LEC 1 WF 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 4.0 Yes No
Pre-requisite: Law 145 Civil Procedure.Pre- or co-requisite: Law 908 Suing the Police Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process;Early drop deadline is Jan. 16, 2018 at 5:00pm.
Sunita Patel 19S 708 LEC 1 WF 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 4.0 No No
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: Law 908 Suing the Police. Email to apply. Early drop deadline: 5:00 p.m. on 1/21/2019.
Experiential Courses - Clinics, Simulations, and Externships; Constitutional Law, Government, and Public Policy; Civil Litigation; Gender & Sexual Orientation Law; International & Comparative Law - International Human Rights; Critical Race Studies; Public Interest Law and Policy; International and Comparative Law JD Specialization;