Policy Practicum: Improving Investigations of Police Shootings


Course Code:
LAW 415B
2 - 3
Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail


The goal of this policy lab is to develop optimal protocols for criminal investigations of officer-involved shootings. Our client is the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office, which has asked us to assess how such investigations should be staffed, structured, and led in order to ensure that that they are, and are perceived to be, both rigorous and impartial. The client has asked us to survey best practices around the nation, to think boldly and imaginatively about how best to protect against both the reality and the perception of bias, and to make recommendations that can be presented not only to the client but also, potentially, to other local and state officials in California for adoption statewide. Among the questions we will consider is the whether and when a criminal investigation into an officer-involved shooting should stay at the county level, be conducted by state officials, or be handled by investigators and/or prosecutors from other California counties. After the term begins, students accepted into the course can transfer from section 01 (2 units) into section 02 (3 units), which meets the R requirement, with consent of the instructor. Elements used in grading: Class Participation, Attendance, Final Paper. NOTE: Students may not count more than a combined total of eight units of directed research projects and policy lab practica toward graduation unless the additional counted units are approved in advance by the Petitions Committee. Such approval will be granted only for good cause shown. Even in the case of a successful petition for additional units, a student cannot receive a letter grade for more than eight units of independent research (Policy Lab practicum, Directed Research, Senior Thesis, and/or Research Track). Any units taken in excess of eight will be graded on a mandatory pass basis. For detailed information, see "Directed Research/Policy Labs" in the SLS Student Handbook. CONSENT APPLICATION: To apply for this course, students must complete and submit a Consent Application Form available on the SLS website (Click Courses at the bottom of the homepage and then click Consent of Instructor Forms). See Consent Application Form for instructions and submission deadline.

Past Offerings

2015-2016 Spring

Policy Practicum: Improving Investigations of Police Shootings LAW 415B Section 01 Class #57694

  • 2 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent 4

Notes: Law Unit Limitation.

Policy Practicum: Improving Investigations of Police Shootings LAW 415B Section 02 Class #57695

  • 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent

Notes: Law Unit Limitation. R -Research Requirement for Law Degree.

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