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Spring 2018
6240 Death Penalty Clinic - JEU/DOW/NEWBERRY- 19059

Professor(s): David Dow (FACULTY)
Jeffrey Newberry (CLINICAL FACULTY)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: Practice Skills - Clinics and Externships 
Constitutional and Criminal Law

Time: 4:00p-6:00p  T  Location: 144  TUII

Course Outline: Death Penalty Clinic explores the substantive law, appellate procedure, investigative techniques, and post-conviction appellate remedies applicable in criminal cases. Lectures will cover topics such as: Texas criminal statutes, state/federal habeas law and procedure, clemency proceedings, investigative techniques, mitigation evidence, and 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 researching and drafting appellate 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

Course Notes:   Quota = 12. NO BOOK IS REQUIRED FOR THIS COURSE.

Death Penalty Clinic and Innocence Investigations initially meet in the same classroom, then break out into separate rooms for case meetings. STUDENTS CAN REGISTER FOR EITHER INNOCENCE INVESTIGATIONS OR DEATH PENALTY CLINIC, BUT CANNOT REGISTER FOR BOTH DURING A SINGLE SEMESTER. However, students are permitted to take Innocence Investigations and Death Penalty Clinic over different semesters for a total of six substantive credit hours. Please direct any questions to Professor Cassandra Jeu.

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

First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:

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

Experiential Course Type: clinic

Bar Course: No

Course Materials (11/9/2017 9:51:41 AM)

No book required for this course

Materials will be made available via in class and/or via e-mail.