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UT Law School Classes - Fall 2008

Capital Punishment

Instructor: Owen/Levin/Marcus Credits: 4 - pass/fail Course ID: 497C Unique #29165
     Day    Time   Location
   Wednesday 2:30 pm - 4:20 pm CCJ 1.312
Exams: None
Registration Information
This course is restricted to upper division students only.
Clinic - APPLICATION REQUIRED. Application and/or instructions on how to apply for this clinic can be accessed on the web: http://www.utexas.edu/law/sao/academics/apps.html.

Description
This clinic provides students with the opportunity to assist in the representation of indigent criminal defendants charged with or convicted of capital offenses.  Students work under the supervision of attorneys on death penalty cases at the trial, appellate, and post conviction stages of the legal process.  Students perform various tasks that are integral to death penalty representation, including visiting clients on death row; interviewing witnesses and conducting field investigations; drafting motions, appellate briefs, and habeas petitions; and assisting attorneys in the preparation for trials, evidentiary hearings, and appellate arguments.

Clinic students are expected to devote an average of 10 hours of work per week to their clinical responsibilities during the semester, though the workload in any given week will vary, depending on the needs of the case to which the student is assigned.  Students should be advised that investigative work on some cases may require out-of-town travel.

The Clinic meets once a week as a class (two hours) for training and practical skills sessions related to death penalty representation.  Attendance at these sessions is mandatory.

As a prerequisite to enrolling in the Clinic, students are required to take concurrently, or to have taken previously, the Capital Punishment Seminar.

First-semester second-year students are welcome to enroll in both the Clinic and Seminar.  The Seminar takes as its subject the substantive and procedural law governing death penalty trials and appeals.  A background in Texas and federal constitutional criminal procedure is also extremely helpful, but not required, to enroll in the Clinic.

Grading is pass/fail.  There is no paper or examination.

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