Fall 2020
6213 Innocence Investigations - DOW/JEU- 14093

Professor(s): David Dow (FACULTY)

Credits: 2

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

Time: 4:00p-6:00p  T  Location: 213  BLB

Course Outline: Innocence Investigations 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 inmates’ claims of actual innocence and assist attorneys in providing post-conviction legal assistance once those claims are verified.


Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: HyFlex   The instructor for this course has expressed a preference to teach in a physical classroom.The extent to which that room will be used during the semester is up to the instructor and may vary during the semester. When the classroom is used by an instructor, those class sessions will be operated in “HyFlex” mode: remote presence is available to any student via internet videoconferencing, and recordings will be available when material is general and not prohibited from recording by client confidentiality. More details should be made available from the instructor via their syllabus or via other means as the start of the semester nears.

Quota = 20

Death Penalty Clinic and Innocence Investigations meet in the same classroom. 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 one semester, then Death Penalty Clinic some subsequent semester (or vice versa) 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

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

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)

Course Materials (8/10/2020 1:36:34 PM)

No book required for this course

Class and case materials will be made available online via email and Dropbox