Federal Criminal Sentence Reduction Clinic
Section 1, Spring 23
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The Federal Criminal Sentence Reduction Clinic zealously works to reduce the sentences of indigent federal defendants and gives students a unique opportunity to work on motions in federal court. Many federal defendants are serving sentences in excess of what they would receive for the same offense today, due to errors in the original case, changes in law that were not made retroactive, and/or evolving community standards. Students will work directly with clients to draft motions that will seek to reduce both the custodial and community supervision portions of a defendant’s sentence. Students may also have opportunities to work on appellate filings that relate to post-conviction sentencing reduction.
Final Type (if any): None
Written Work Product
Written Work Product:
While the workload will vary by week, students should expect to work between 9-11 hours per week, including class preparation and class time.
Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Criminal Investigation (7019) OR Criminal Adjudication (7018) OR Criminal Procedure Survey (7009)) Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: Materials will be provided for the classroom portion of the clinic; no required textbook.
Course Notes: NOTE REGARDING GRADING BASIS: Students in this clinic will receive a grade of Honors (H), Pass (P) or Fail (F) at the conclusion of the semester. In accordance with Academic Policy, CR, NC, H, P, and F grades do not earn grading points, so they do not contribute to a student's grade point average (GPA).
*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No
*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.
**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Criminal Justice, Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM