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295.5D sec. 1 - Death Penalty Clinic (Fall 2014)

Instructor: Elisabeth A. Semel  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
Instructor: Bidish Sarma  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
Instructor: Christina Spaulding  (view instructor's profile)
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Units: 4-6


The Death Penalty Clinic is counsel or co-counsel for several individuals who are under a death sentence, and sometimes serves as counsel in at the trial stage and as counsel for amici curiae in capital cases in state and federal courts. The Death Penalty Clinic is a year-long clinic; students enroll for fall and spring semesters. Professor Ty Alper, the Clinic Associate Director, will be on teaching leave during the fall semester. Professor Elisabeth Semel, the Clinic's Director, will be on teaching leave during the spring semester. During the fall semester, students will work under the supervision of Professor Semel, Clinic Fellow Bidish Sarma, and Christina Spaulding, who is a highly experienced capital defense attorney. During the spring semester, students will work under the supervision of Professor Alper, Clinic Fellow Bidish Sarma, and Ms. Spaulding. Students will also be supervised by the Death Penalty Clinic Paralegal and investigators who are members of the legal teams assigned to individual cases. Enrollment is limited to J.D. students who apply and are accepted for enrollment by the clinic's faculty. Students must enroll for a minimum of 4 units each semester. With permission of the faculty, students may satisfy their writing requirement through clinic assignments.

Prerequisites:
Evidence and Criminal Procedure are prerequisites for 3L students. Faculty have the discretion to admit 2L students who concurrently enroll in Evidence and Criminal Procedure during academic year 2014-15. Students considering applying for the Death Penalty Clinic are encouraged to take Capital Punishment and the Constitution before applying.

This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.

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Exam Notes: None
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Clinicals
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Advocacy Skills Courses
Criminal Law
Litigation and Procedure
Social Justice and Public Interest

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