Civil Rights Litigation

Read the course description below to learn how this course will be taught.

Class Unique: 27785
Online-only Unique: 27786

The 27785 section of this course will be taught in person but with the option of occasional remote participation via Zoom.  If students require all remote participation, they must register for the 27786 section of this course, which is identical but web-based.

The course will be a review of federal civil rights laws and their purpose.  Students will learn about the different types of claims individuals can bring and the defenses available to the government and its employees.  Topics will include excessive force and police shootings, deliberate indifference and deaths in prisons and jails, the use of the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the different impacts damages and injunctive cases have on deterring future violations.   Actual cases that have been won and lost by plaintiff's.counsel will be debated.  Guest lecturers will include federal judges, prominent defense attorneys, top non profit lawyers and plaintiff's attorneys that have handled significant cases.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Thursday 4:15 - 6:05 pm TNH 2.114
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Allowed
Will not use floating mean GPA


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