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295.5D sec. 001 - Death Penalty Clinic (Fall 2019)

Instructor: Elisabeth A. Semel  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
Instructor: Ty Alper  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
Instructor: Mridula Raman  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 4 - 6

    Course Start: August 19, 2019
    Course End: November 26, 2019

    Enrollment info:
    Enrolled: 18
    Waitlisted: 0
    Enroll Limit: 30
    As of: 04/07 11:14 PM


    The Death Penalty Clinic is counsel or co-counsel for individuals who are under a death sentence, primarily in the South. The Clinic also serves as counsel at the trial stage and as counsel for amici curiae in capital cases in state and federal courts. The clinic currently represents or is assisting in the representation of clients in Alabama, Arizona, California, and Texas, and has previously represented clients in Georgia, Louisiana North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Students engage in a variety of legal work, including researching and drafting pleadings, interviewing lay witnesses in the field, and consulting with expert witnesses.

    The Death Penalty Clinic is a year-long clinic. Enrollment is limited to J.D. students. Students who are admitted will be enrolled for the 2019-20 academic year. Students in the clinic take the companion Death Penalty Clinic Seminar, which is also a year-long commitment.

    Students are supervised by Professor Elisabeth Semel, the director of the Death Penalty Clinic; Professor Ty Alper, the clinic's associate director; and Kathryn Miller, the Clinical Supervising Attorney. Faculty bios are available on the law school's faculty profiles page and the Death Penalty Clinic's webpage.


    Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.


    Prerequisites:
    Evidence and Criminal Procedure are prerequisites for rising 3Ls. Faculty may permit students who enroll as rising 2Ls to take both classes as co-requisites.

    Requirements Satisfaction:

    Work in the clinic may satisfy Option 2 of the J.D. writing requirement with instructor approval. In order to satisfy Option 2, clinic students must complete a paper or series of written work that comprises 30 or more pages. Students who wish to satisfy the writing requirement must get instructor approval and submit their draft for comment and revision.

    Option 2 form needed:
    https://www.law.berkeley.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Writing_Requirement_2017.pdf

    This class may satisfy either the writing requirement or the experiential requirement but not both.

    Student Services is available to answer questions.


    Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
    This is a credit only course
    Course Category: Clinics
    This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
    Criminal Law
    Social Justice and Public Interest

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