Public Law

Final Paper Assignment

PS 326, Spring 2021

10-12 double-spaced pages with standard formatting (roughly at least 3,000 words)

At least 5 sources you could draw on

Papers will be assessed according to logic, quality of writing, quality of research, and quality of analysis.  They must make an argument, representing your unique conclusions based on your empirical research.


  • Analyze an instance of state violence (eg police violence, death penalty.) What role(s) did the law play in this case?  What legal actors were involved (including not just lawyers but people experiencing legal mobilization, etc.)?