Death Penalty Law

Section 1SP, Spring 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 14/14
Credits: 3

Course Description

This seminar will survey the Supreme Court’s Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendment decisions regarding the imposition and administration of the death penalty in the United States. The course will address issues regarding proportionality, individualized sentencing, ineffective assistance of counsel, prosecutorial misconduct, competency to be executed, categorical exemptions, methods of execution and abolition. We will discuss both the procedural and substantive issues unique to capital trials, appeals and post-conviction proceedings.

Course Requirements

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Midterm Type (if any): None
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Final Type (if any): None
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Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Substantial research paper due via EXPO by noon on the last day of the exam period.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Constitutional Law (6001)) Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

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