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Technology, Innovation, and Law Practice – Police Procedural Practicum
Professors Rostain and Wasserstrom
J.D. Practicum 1206 | 3 credit hours
Recent news has cast an unflattering light on a range of police enforcement and investigative practices – from stop and frisk practices that target minorities in New York City to people wrongfully convicted of crimes. With rare exception, case law in this area has accorded law enforcement personnel wide discretion in policing and investigative activities. Recently, however, a social science literature has emerged that is establishing standards for best practices and evidence based policing. This practicum explores the potential and limits of system approaches that incorporate social science findings into police work. The practicum’s aim is to expose students to the promise and limits of emerging evidence-based approaches to police investigations and to explore the extent to which systems and technological platforms that guide police discretion produce improved policing practices.
Prerequisite: Criminal Justice or Criminal Procedure.
Students may not concurrently enroll in this practicum course and a clinic or another practicum course. Students may concurrently enroll in this practicum course and an externship.
This is a 3 credit course. 2 credits will be awarded for the 2-hour weekly seminar and 1 credit will be awarded for approximately 5 hours of supervised work per week, for a minimum of 11 weeks. This practicum will be graded.