Capital Punishment

Course Information

Registration Information

Meeting Times

Day Time Location
MON, TUE 2:15 - 3:30 pm TNH 2.140

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Final December 13, 2021 8:30 am A-Z in 2.140


This course will examine some general jurisprudential and moral issues related to the American system of capital punishment. The course will focus primarily on the development of the law governing capital punishment in the United States since 1970. Some of the main themes include: the legal structure of the Supreme Court's post-1970 death penalty jurisprudence, the scope of available appellate and post-conviction review in capital cases (particularly federal habeas review), the ubiquitous problems surrounding the representation afforded indigent capital defendants, proportionality limits on the imposition of the death penalty for various offenders (e.g., juveniles and persons with intellectual disability), the role of racial discrimination in the administration of the death penalty, and the likely trajectory of the American death penalty. The course will be graded on a letter-grade basis for all students.  This course will satisfy the constitutional law II requirement.

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

Cases and Materials on the Death Penalty *
Rivkind, Nina, Shatz, Steven, Kamin, Sam, and Marceau, Justin
West Academic , edition: 4
ISBN: 978-1-63459-041-9
The Death Penalty *
Garrett, Brandon and Kovarsky, Lee
West Academic
ISBN: 978-1-63460-321-8


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Important Class Changes

Date Updated
10/29/2021 Exam information updated
Grading status changed