Constitutional and Civil Rights Litigation
Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3
This course provides students with a general overview of lawsuits alleging deprivation of constitutional rights by local and state officials and agencies. This class will cover a wide range of cases, including allegations of police misconduct, deprivation of rights in prisons, jail, immigration detention centers, and similar carceral facilities. Litigation will also focus on claims alleging violations of the Equal Protection Clause, Due Process Clause, First Amendment, Eighth Amendment, and Fourth Amendment. Additionally, students will learn the types of remedies potentially available to plaintiffs in constitutional litigation and numerous defenses that could reduce or bar recovery from the defendant. This is one of the most important courses for prospective litigators, especially for students who wish to pursue careers as attorneys for state and local governmental officials and agencies or as civil rights lawyers.