Constitutional Litigation Seminar | L4168

This course examines individual and class action litigation brought against government officials for the violation of constitutional rights under 42 U.S.C. section 1983, the primary federal civil rights statute, and other civil rights statutes. The historic interplay between substantive Constitutional law and traditional doctrines of tort liability has developed into an entire body of law under section 1983 that any civil rights or government lawyer must regularly confront. The seminar focuses on the most critical substantive issues in pursuing Constitutional litigation. This includes the history and purposes of section 1983; the elements of constitutional torts; rules governing liability of government officials and municipal liability; immunity doctrines; remedies; jurisdictional and procedural barriers to section 1983 litigation; and recovery of attorneys' fees. The class also discusses the availability and viability of alternative remedial mechanisms to section 1983.

Prerequisites: L4165 Constitutional Law and L4166 Constitutional Law II
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)


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