Law 202 - Criminal Procedure: Investigations

Devon W. Carbado

Devon W. Carbado

The Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law
B.A. UCLA, 1991
J.D. Harvard, 1994
UCLA Faculty Since 1997
Course Description:

This course studies Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment constitutional restraints on the activities of law enforcement officers during the investigatory stage of the criminal process. Special attention will be paid to how the Supreme Court has attempted to resolve the tension between individual rights and crime control needs in its decisions regulating the following law enforcement practices: investigative detention, arrest, police interrogation, searches and seizures, and eyewitness identification. The rights to counsel and to a jury may also be covered.

Please review faculty specific descriptions for additional details regarding each offering.

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:

The ability to conduct standard legal analysis of fact patters involving government investigations, including identification of relevant constitutional case law and application of that case law to a given factual scenario;

The ability to present this analysis persuasively, both orally and in writing;

The ability to describe changes to the legal regime over time and to evaluate the consequences of those changes;

The ability to identify how racial experiences intersect with and are shaped by legal rules; and

The ability to evaluate the potential effects and desirability of proposed legal reforms (including nonreformist reforms) to the existing legal order.


Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Devon Carbado 20F 202 LEC 2 MWF 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM 4.0 No No
  Application required to enroll and can be found at https://my.law.ucla.edu/courseenrollment. Application due at noon on July 27.