Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Death Penalty Seminar

724 | 2.0 credits


This course examines some general jurisprudential and moral issues related to the American system of capital punishment. The course focuses primarily on the development of the law governing capital punishment in the United States since 1970. Some of the main themes include: legal challenges to the death penalty, the role of aggravating and mitigating evidence in the sentencing decision, jury selection in capital cases, the inadequate defense representation too often afforded indigent capital defendants, the effect of race on the administration of the death penalty and the scope of available appellate and post-conviction review in capital cases.