The Death Penalty Clinic is a one semester clinical course offered for 4 graded credits. Students in this clinic will be involved in actual death penalty cases under the direct supervision of Professor Stephen K. Harper. They will be assisting court-appointed defense counsel(s) in gathering documents, interviewing witnesses and clients, analysis of discovery, investigations, legal research, drafting pleadings and memoranda, assisting with strategic decisions and in developing integrated theories of defense.
There will be a special emphasis on researching and presenting a powerful case for life.
This course will expose students to actual death penalty cases and will help them in developing the many different and required skills in a very sophisticated practice. They will gain an appreciation of the many issues, techniques, priorities and differences between capital and non-capital cases. They will learn about the many theoretical and practical realities of the death penalty. They will also develop many basic legal skills such as legal writing, research, fact investigation, working with a client, and integrating the themes of defense and mitigation.
The goal of this clinic is to provide lawyers with needed assistance in capital cases while acting as a gauge of what is and is not an acceptable level of representation in capital cases.
- Credits: 4 graded credits
- Time Commitment: Averages 14 hours a week which includes case work, supervision and the seminar.
- Faculty: Stephen K. Harper
- Pre-Requisite: Death Penalty Law Course
- Recommended: Evidence
- Certified Legal Intern Certification Required: No