Founded in 2001, the clinic seeks justice for individuals facing the death penalty by providing them with high-quality representation; offers students a rich opportunity for meaningful hands-on experience in high-stakes, complex litigation; and exposes problems endemic to the administration of capital punishment.
Governor signs bill stemming from the clinic’s eye-opening report showing racial discrimination is a persistent feature of jury selection in California. The clinic and Dean Chemerinsky filed an amicus brief last fall to help the governor seek more protections against racial bias in jury proceedings. The California Supreme Court recently issued its opinion, rejecting Donte McDaniel’s claims.
About UsAmong the handful of capital punishment clinics, the Berkeley Law Death Penalty Clinic is unique in its geographic reach—focusing on representation in the South, where execution rates are highest and resources scarce, but serving clients across the nation, including in California. Learn more.
Information for StudentsUnder the direct supervision of clinic faculty, students work on all aspects of representing clients facing capital punishment such as field investigation, collaborating with expert witnesses, and researching and drafting pleadings in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Learn more.