Law 202 - Criminal Procedure: Investigations

Beth A. Colgan

Beth A. Colgan

Professor of Law
B.A. Stanford University, 1995
J.D. Northwestern University School of Law, 2000

UCLA Faculty Since 2014
Course Description:

This course examines constitutional restraints on the activities of law enforcement officers arising under the Fourth and Fifth Amendments and the due process clause. Topics include searches and seizures pursuant to warrants; exceptions to the warrant requirement such as warrantless arrests, stop and frisk practices, consent searches, and more; deadly and excessive force; law enforcement practices resulting in statements and confessions; and eyewitness identification practices.

This course is related to Criminal Procedure: Adjudication, but neither course is a prerequisite.

Course previously titled Constitutional Criminal Procedure.  Students should not take this course if they previously took Law 202. Constitutional Criminal Procedure. Students may take both Criminal Procedure: Investigations and Criminal Procedure: Adjudication.

Course Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to: (1) understand and critically evaluate the Fourth and Fifth Amendment and due process doctrines; (2) apply those doctrines to a set of facts from both a prosecutor’s and defense attorney’s standpoint in an organized and persuasive way; and (3) articulate a well-reasoned prediction as to how a court would apply the doctrine to those facts.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Beth Colgan 21S 202 LEC 1 MTW 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM 4.0 No No