Capital Punishment Clinic (30161). 6 units (3 fall, 3 spring), credit/fail in the fall term with the option of graded credit in the spring. Students will gain firsthand experience in capital defense, working as part of a team representing indigent defendants facing the death penalty in cases being handled by the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, or Connecticut Public Defenders. Projects and case assignments will vary according to the position of each clinic case in the process, but all projects will require legal research, analysis and writing, strategy meetings with team members, and preparation for appellate arguments and may include interviews with clients or witnesses. Students will complete at least one substantial writing assignment, such as a portion of a motion, brief, or memorandum of law. Opportunity for summer travel to the South to conduct research and investigation with the Southern Center for Human Rights or the Equal Justice Initiative is available but not required. Students enroll in the fall term and continue in the spring. In rare and exceptional cases, a student may be admitted for the spring term. The course is limited to students who have taken Capital Punishment: Race, Poverty, Disadvantage or plan to take it in the spring term. (Students who have taken Capital Punishment: Race, Poverty, Disadvantage will be given priority in admission.) Enrollment limited. Permission of the instructors required. S.B. Bright, A. Parrent, and S. Sanneh.
Course Bidding Information: If you are a new student who wishes to apply, you should list this course among experiential course selections. In addition, you should submit a statement of interest that describes why you would like to take this clinic; whether you will have sufficient time to devote to the clinic; past work experience (including summer work between years of law school); and what you expect or would like to do upon graduation, as well as your CV. If you have not taken the Capital Punishment: Race, Poverty, Disadvantage class, please provide an example of your legal analysis and writing. Statements and other materials must be sent directly to Professor Bright (firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 8 at 4:30 p.m. You may also upload a second copy of your submission through the YLS:Courses bidding system.
Students continuing from the fall term should list this clinic among their experiential course selections; list the course as the lowest bid among these selections. No statement of interest is required of students continuing in the clinic for a second or subsequent term.