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295.5D sec. 001 - Death Penalty Clinic (Fall 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: In-Person

    Course Start: August 16, 2021
    Course End: November 23, 2021

    Enrollment info:
    Enrolled: 21
    Waitlisted: 0
    Enroll Limit: 30
    As of: 10/16 05:43 PM


    The Death Penalty Clinic is a year-long clinic. The clinic is counsel or co-counsel for individuals who are facing the capital punishment 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.

    Interested students will apply through the Clinical Program on-line application process. Students who are accepted are required to take the companion two-unit Death Penalty Clinic Seminar during fall and spring semesters.

    Students are supervised by the clinic's faculty: Professor Elisabeth Semel, Professor Ty Alper, and Clinical Supervising Attorney Mridula Raman. 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 or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.


    Prerequisites:
    Criminal Procedure and Evidence are prerequisites for students who will be enrolled in their 3L year. These courses are co-requisites for students who will be enrolled in their 2L year.

    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
    Race and Law
    Social Justice and Public Interest

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