Law 708 - Civil Rights Litigation Clinic


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

Peter Bibring / Sanjukta Paul Joanna Schwartz / Peter Bibring



General Course Description:

This clinic is focused on the doctrine, skills, and strategy involved in litigating civil rights cases.  During class we will study principles of federal civil rights law and practice.  The substantive areas covered track the questions attorneys ask when handling civil rights cases: What remedy should be sought?  Who is the defendant?  Who is the plaintiff?  What attorneys' fees are available? During class, we will also engage in several skill-building simulations over the semester - including client interviews, complaint drafting, litigation planning, depositions, and settlement negotiations - based on a police misconduct case, Chang v. Ramsey, currently pending in federal district court in Washington, DC.   Finally, teams of students will work on civil rights cases and investigations in cooperation with the ACLU and other public interest organizations.  Significant out-of-class time will be required for team meetings, case work, and rescheduled classes.  Enrollment is limited to a maximum of six students, and is by application.

Course Information:


​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Peter Bibring / Sanjukta Paul 14S 708 LEC 1 M 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM 6.0 No No
  Application required to enroll; deadline TBD at noon. For 1/8, 1/9, 1/10, & 1/17 the class will meet at 5-7:15 in room 2477


Previous Course Offerings:


​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Joanna Schwartz / Peter Bibring 12S 708 LEC 1 M 3:05 PM - 5:45 PM 4.0 Yes No
  Application required to enroll; deadline TDB.
Joanna Schwartz / Peter Bibring 13S 708 LEC 1 M 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM
W 3:00 PM - 4:50 PM
6.0 Yes No
  Application required to enroll; deadline 10/29/12 at noon.


Categories: Civil Litigation; Con Law, Govt, & Public Policy; Critical Race Studies - JD Specialization; Gender & Sexual Orientation; Int'l & Comp - International Human Rights; Skills Courses;