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Winter 2024 - Spring 2024 Clinic

Capital Punishment Clinic

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Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement.

Required Class Component: Capital Punishment in America (4 fall classroom credits). Some seats are reserved for clinical students. Once a student enrolls in this clinic, the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs will enroll them in the required course. If a student drops this clinic, they will also lose their seat in the required class component.

Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.

By Permission: No.

Add/Drop Deadline: September 1, 2023.

LLM Students: International students on F-1 student visas are required to have Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization; LL.M. students are not eligible for CPT.

Multi-Semester: This is a winter-spring clinic (2 winter clinical credits + 2-3 spring clinical credits).

Placement Site: Various externship placements.

The Capital Punishment Clinic offers opportunities for students to represent clients with capital sentences through placements at capital punishment organizations, law firms, and governmental agencies throughout the country. Clinical work is full-time and on-site during the winter term, and continues on a part-time and remote basis in the spring term. This clinic is graded Credit/Fail. During spring term, students are required to attend mandatory 6 meetings with Prof. Steiker. Meetings held before spring break will be held during lunch hour, with Prof. Steiker, on zoom, with students together in a room, with lunch provided. After spring break, Prof. Steiker will meet in-person, with students, during these required lunch meetings.

This is an externship clinic. During spring term students should have at least one full day available to work on clinic assignments, with the remaining time available in 4-5 hour blocks.

Please contact the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs for more information about this clinic and it’s possible placements ( or 617-495-5202).