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236 sec. 001 - Capital Punishment and the Constitution Seminar (Fall 2024)

Instructor: Ryan Richard Davis  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Th 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
Location: Law 244
From August 22, 2024
To November 21, 2024

Course Start: August 22, 2024
Course End: November 21, 2024
Class Number: 32549

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 22
Waitlisted: 2
Enroll Limit: 28
As of: 07/18 04:21 AM

In this course, we will examine the death penalty as imposed and regulated in the United States, primarily through a close reading of opinions from the United States Supreme Court, with a focus on Eighth Amendment jurisprudence and other legal doctrines pertaining to aggravating and mitigating circumstances, proportionality principles, penalty-phase procedures, and other relevant topics. We will also touch on the post-conviction process, including federal habeas corpus and the United States Supreme Court's interpretation of the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. The course is designed for students who, regardless of their views about the death penalty, want to learn more about the application of capital punishment in the United States and relevant legal principles.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This class may be counted as either an Option 1 class (two Option 1 classes satisfy the J.D. writing requirement) or units from this class may count toward the J.D. Race and Law Requirement. This class may count for both requirements if and only if a student is electing Option 1 and the student's other Option 1 class being used to satisfy the J.D. writing requirement is not being counted towards any other requirement.

The Race and Law Requirement applies to the class of 2026 and beyond.

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Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Criminal Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Race and Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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