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.
Class sessions will be devoted to juxtaposing relevant case law and the growing social science literature focused on police work. Topics to be covered may include: quality of life policing, Terry stops, searches, arrests and seizures, interrogations and false confessions, eye-witness testimony, and charging decisions. In the experiential part of the class, student teams will collaborate with law enforcement agencies and police research organizations to develop apps and systems to regularize police work.
3 credits graded. Grade based on work on project and class participation. (enrollment limited to 21)
Prerequisite: Criminal Justice or Criminal Procedure.
Students may not concurrently enroll in this practicum course and a clinic (except Street Law) or another practicum course. Students may concurrently enroll in this practicum course and an externship.
Students who wish to receive credit for the Externship Seminar and a practicum course that has the same field placement may do so only if: (1) the practicum course is taken in a semester following the Externship Seminar; and (2) the student receives permission from the Assistant or the Associate Dean for Clinical Programs. To receive such permission, the student must explain in writing how the practicum course field work would serve substantially different learning goals than did their externship field placement.
THIS IS A PRACTICUM COURSE.
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.
Students who enroll in this course will be automatically enrolled in both the seminar and practicum components and may not take either component separately. A student wishing to withdraw from the course will be withdrawn from both the seminar and field work components.
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