Law 708 - Civil Rights and Police Accountability Clinic

Faculty listed in alphabetical order – please see faculty specific description for requisite information.

A. Littman S. Patel J. Schwartz

General Course Description:

The Civil Rights and Police Accountability Clinic pursues police reform through civil litigation. In the seminar, students will develop litigation skills including complaint drafting, litigation planning, discovery practice, and fact investigation. Additional skills development and seminar subjects will correspond with the cases in which we are engaged. The seminar will include topics relevant to police reform through non-litigation advocacy intended to advance police reforms.

The central feature of this clinical course is our work on civil litigation and pursuing police accountability. Through relationships with nonprofits and private counsel, the clinic assists in potential and ongoing civil lawsuits against law enforcement officers and agencies.  Because police misconduct litigation can take several years from beginning to end and is unpredictable, it is impossible to know for certain what aspect of the litigation process we will work on in our cases.  We do our best to find opportunities that offer a unique insight into the litigation process.

This graded, four-unit clinical course is limited to a maximum of eight students. A significant out-of-class time commitment is required (8 to 10 hours a week).  

Video Description

UCLA Law adheres to ABA Standards in determining the number of credit hours for coursework. Each unit of credit reasonably approximates one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student preparation per week, for the length of the semester. Students are therefore expected to prepare a minimum of two hours outside of class for each hour of class time. Notwithstanding the above general standard, experiential field work units are calculated as follows: 1 unit of credit = a minim of 52 hours per semester (4-5 hours per week of clinic work).

Course Information:
Previous Course Offerings:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Sunita Patel 19S 708 LEC 1 WF 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 4.0 No No
  Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: Law 908 Suing the Police. Email to apply. Early drop deadline: 5:00 p.m. on 1/21/2019.
Joanna Schwartz / Aaron Littman 20S 708 LEC 1 WF 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 4.0 Yes No
  Pre or Corequisites: Law 145. Civil Procedure and Law 908. Suing the Police. Experiential course enrollment through separate process; deadline: Noon on 10/18/2019. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU. Early drop deadline: 5:00pm on 1/24/2020.