601:526. CURRENT ISSUES IN CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION (2 or 3) S/W*
Limited enrollment = 25
Integrates the theory and practice of Civil Rights and exposes students to the relationship between doctrine and ideology in Civil Rights litigation and discourse. 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 was enacted after the Civil War and is now the major statutory vehicle for protecting federal constitutional rights. Section 1983 underpins most constitutional litigation in the United States and the course examines it in depth, giving special attention to Section 1983's connection to constitutional law, especially the 4th, 8th, and 14th Amendments, as well as Section 1983's own distinctive additional statutory elements (which are dispositive in most cases).