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Summer I 2013
5424 Death Penalty Clinic - DOW/JEU- 19165
4-credit course

Professor(s): David Dow (FACULTY)

Credits: 4

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Time: 2:00p-4:00p  T  Location: 119  TU2

Course Outline: Death Penalty Clinic explores the substantive law, investigative techniques, and post-conviction appellate remedies applicable in capital (death penalty) and non-capital cases. Lectures will cover topics such as: Texas criminal statutes, state/federal habeas law, clemency proceedings, investigative techniques, and capital trial strategy. In addition to attending lectures, students work on actual cases. Students investigate claims related to the guilt-innocence and punishment phases of capital murder trials and assist attorneys in investigating and researching legal claims.

Although the same substantive material is covered in both Innocence Investigations and Death Penalty Clinic, the classes differ in terms of the type of case work performed by students. Death Penalty Clinic students work solely on cases where a criminal defendant has been convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death. In many of these cases, the defendant has a pending execution date. Consequently, it is important that Death Penalty Students be able to adhere to deadlines set by the course instructor.


Course Syllabus: Syllabus pdf

Course Notes: Quota = 12   

Prerequisites: Yes  Completion of Criminal Law and Constitutional Law, as well as a pre-registration interview with the course instructor (e-mail for scheduling).

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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

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