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295.5D sec. 001 - Death Penalty Clinic (Spring 2021)

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
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction

    Course Start: January 19, 2021
    Course End: May 04, 2021

    Enrollment info:
    Enrolled: 19
    Waitlisted: 0
    Enroll Limit: 30
    As of: 05/08 05:45 AM


    The Death Penalty Clinic is counsel or co-counsel for individuals who are facing the death penalty at trial, on appeal, or in post-conviction proceedings. The Death Penalty 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. Students enrolled in the clinic are required to take the companion two-unit Death Penalty Clinic Seminar. Because the Death Penalty Clinic is year-long program, enrollment in Spring 2021 is limited to students who enrolled in Fall 2020

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

    Due to the nature of this class, some or all of the sessions may not be recorded and posted except as required for accommodation of students with disabilities.

    Due to the nature of this class, real-time attendance is required (without an alternative way to earn equivalent credit) except in cases of illness or emergency.


    Real-time 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 or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.


    Prerequisites:
    As noted above, enrollment in the spring is limited to students who enrolled in Fall 2020. Students considering enrolling in the year-long program beginning in Fall 2021, should know that Evidence and Criminal Procedure are prerequisites.

    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
    Course Category: Clinics
    This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
    Criminal Law
    Social Justice and Public Interest

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