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Student Work

The Capital Punishment Clinic offers opportunities for students to represent clients with capital sentences through placements at capital punishment resource centers. Students work primarily at capital punishment resource centers in the southern United States, working on-site during the winter term and remotely in the spring. Past placements have included:

  • Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana
  • Center for Death Penalty Litigation
  • Defender Association of Philadelphia – Capital Habeas Unit
  • Equal Justice Institute
  • Office of Capital Writs
  • Southern Center for Human Rights
  • Texas Defender Service

Exact clinical placements are coordinated through the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs after a student’s enrollment.


The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs provides limited funding to students in the Capital Punishment Clinic who need to travel to their related clinical placements during winter term. This funding is to offset the cost of transportation and housing while off-campus. Read more about the guidelines and how to request funding.

How to Register

The clinic is offered in the Winter-Spring semester. You can learn about the required clinical course component, clinical credits, additional requirements, and the clinical registration process, by reading the course catalog description and exploring the links in this section.

Faculty and Staff

Carol S. Steiker (Professor of Law)
Maureen Worth (Faculty Assistant)


Office of Clinical and
Pro Bono Programs
Harvard Law School, WCC
6 Everett Street, Suite 3085
Cambridge, MA 02138