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Capital Punishment Center

About the Center


Capital Punishment Clinic students on the steps of the United States Supreme Court

The Capital Punishment Center brings together scholars, students, and practitioners interested in the death penalty and its administration. The Law School has long been committed to educating students about capital punishment. The Capital Punishment Clinic has been offered every semester since the fall of 1987, and the Center was created in 2006 to expand the Law School’s academic focus on the issue.

Center faculty members teach courses on Capital Punishment, Right to Counsel and the Death Penalty, and the Capital Punishment Clinic, as well as an undergraduate honors course on the cultural life of the death penalty. Recent offerings also included a course on mental health issues in capital litigation.

The Center is expanding academic and clinical course offerings, and involving faculty and students in conferences, research projects, academic programs, lectures and the representation of men and women facing the death penalty in Texas.