This course provides students a roadmap to civil rights litigation. The instructors are practicing civil rights lawyers and are the co-directors of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties clinic. Students will learn how to bring a civil suit under the federal Civil Rights Act against state or local agencies for violation of individual civil rights This course will focus on relevant substantive law and lawyering skills, including interviewing witnesses, fact gathering and analysis, and trial advocacy presented by civil rights practitioners. We will examine the expansion and subsequent erosion of the rights as guaranteed by the 1st, 4th, 8th, and 14th Amendments. There will be a take home exam or paper, and this course may be used to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement.
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