Federal Criminal Sentence Reduction Clinic

Section 1SP, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 10/10
Credits: 3

Course Description

The Federal Criminal Sentence Reduction Clinic zealously works to reduce the sentences of indigent federal defendants and gives students a unique opportunity to practice 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 and file motions in federal district courts to reduce both the custodial and community supervision portions of a defendant’s sentence. The clinic will prioritize working on compassionate release motions and 2241 litigation, while also litigating to release successful clients from their terms of probation or supervised release. Students will also have opportunities to work on amicus briefs and petitions for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court that relate to post-conviction sentencing reduction.

Course Requirements

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Written Work Product
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Other Work
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)) Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
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Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.

General Information

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