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
and related statutes were enacted after the Civil War and are now the major statutory vehicles for
protecting federal constitutional rights. Section 1983 underpins most constitutional litigation in
the United States and the course examines it in depth. Civil Rights I gives special attention to
Section 1983's connection to constitutional law, especially the 1st, 5th, and 6th Amendments, as
well as Section 1983's own distinctive statutory elements (which are dispositive in most cases).
Neither Civil Rights I nor Civil Rights II is a prerequisite for the other; students may take either
or both courses.