Course Details

Clinic: Civil Rights Litigation

The Civil Rights Litigation Clinic, taught by the professors in the MacArthur Justice Center, focuses on enforcing the civil rights of individuals who are involved with the criminal justice system through complex civil litigation. Students will be assigned to one or more case teams. The students on each team will collaborate as junior counsel with MacArthur Center attorneys in the litigation of a pending case. Typically, students research and draft pleadings and legal memoranda, including briefs to trial and appellate courts; assist with and/or conduct formal and informal discovery; and assist in the in-court presentation of evidence and argument. This course aims to provide students an opportunity to apply the principles they have learned in the classroom in a concrete procedural context where they and an experienced attorney attempt to use the law to achieve concrete goals, including the advancement of social justice. It is hoped that students in the course will face and address issues of professional responsibility in a real life context; that they will reflect upon the connection between their practice and their personal values; and that they will begin to learn how to be effective colleagues. To maximize students' opportunity to learn and participate in the Center's complex cases, students are encouraged to enroll both semesters of the academic year.

Catalog Number: LITARB 721
Practice Areas: Criminal Law Practice AreaLegal Skills Development
Additional Course Information: Experiential Learning


Course History

Fall 2018
Title: Clinic:Civil Rights Litigation
Faculty: Shapiro, David E
Bowman, Locke E. (courses | profile)
Bedi, Sheila (courses | profile)
Del Valle, Vanessa (courses | profile)
Van Brunt, Alexa (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 22

Spring 2018
Title: Clinic: Civil Rights Litigation
Faculty: Bowman, Locke E. (courses | profile)
Bedi, Sheila (courses | profile)
Shapiro, David M. (courses | profile)
Del Valle, Vanessa (courses | profile)
Van Brunt, Alexa (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 20     Actual: 20

Fall 2017
Title: Clinic: Civil Rights Litigation
Faculty: Shapiro, David E
Bowman, Locke E. (courses | profile)
Bedi, Sheila (courses | profile)
Del Valle, Vanessa (courses | profile)
Van Brunt, Alexa (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 20     Actual: 20

Spring 2017
Title: Clinic: Civil Rights Litigation
Faculty: Bowman, Locke E. (courses | profile)
Bedi, Sheila (courses | profile)
Shapiro, David M. (courses | profile)
Van Brunt, Alexa (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 20     Actual: 20

Fall 2016
Title: Clinic: Civil Rights Litigation
Faculty: Bowman, Locke E. (courses | profile)
Bedi, Sheila (courses | profile)
Shapiro, David M. (courses | profile)
Del Valle, Vanessa (courses | profile)
Van Brunt, Alexa (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 20     Actual: 20

Spring 2016
Title: Clinic: Civil Rights Litigation
Faculty: Bowman, Locke E. (courses | profile)
Bedi, Sheila (courses | profile)
Shapiro, David M. (courses | profile)
Van Brunt, Alexa (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 20     Actual: 20

Fall 2015
Title: Clinic: Civil Rights Litigation
Faculty: Bowman, Locke E. (courses | profile)
Bedi, Sheila (courses | profile)
Shapiro, David M. (courses | profile)
Van Brunt, Alexa (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 20     Actual: 18