Course Description

LAW 908 - Suing the Police

This three-credit January-Term seminar offers an overview of key doctrines (including municipal liability, qualified immunity, and supervisory liability), remedies (including damages and injunctive relief), and class action requirements and limitations that come to play when litigating against law enforcement.  During class sessions, students will additionally engage in several exercises involving legal research, litigation planning, oral argument, and judicial decision-making.  To understand these aspects of doctrine and practice, we will read judicial opinions, briefs and other litigation materials, and scholarly work, and repeatedly consider their application to several police misconduct cases pending or recently litigated in the Central District of California. A scholarly paper or legal brief is required, due at the end of the spring semester.

Course Information:

This course is not offered in 2018 - 2019

Constitutional Law, Government, and Public Policy; Civil Litigation; Mini-Courses; Substantial Analytical Writing Requirement; Critical Race Studies;