LAW6868: Sentencing Advocacy

2 Credits

Sentencing advocacy has assumed the vanguard position of criminal defense. In what the Supreme Court has acknowledged has become an essentially administrative system of criminal justice, sentencing advocacy is now a critical - in some cases, the only - component in the criminal defense lawyer's arsenal, and the site of some of the most sophisticated developments in the litigation of criminal cases. Taking this understanding as its backdrop, this class explores the role of sentencing advocacy in state and federal sentencing systems, the factors that influence its quality, and the insights from social scientists that can critique and improve it. The class will introduce the students to several guest speakers (defense lawyers, prosecutors, judges, social scientists and mitigation specialists) who will put the role and quality of sentencing advocacy in perspective. Most significantly, students will learn themselves, through hands-on involvement in actual pending cases, how to strategize, research, and develop an effective sentencing petition. Thus, the class instructor will seek out cutting-edge/novel/interesting sentencing issues in the cases of court-appointed lawyers in state and federal cases (with the appointed lawyer's consent) for which students can draft the sentencing memoranda, research the sentencing guideline and mitigation issues, and develop the client's counter-narrative to the prosecutor's position. The students' work in this class will be subject to a strict confidentiality protocol to be developed in consultation with the Director of the Law Clinics.prereq: Law 6085 Criminal Procedure or Law 6229 Criminal Process: From Bail to Jail

View on University Catalog

All Instructors

A Average (4.025)Most Common: A (85%)

This total also includes data from semesters with unknown instructors.

27 students
  • 4.77


  • 4.77


  • 4.77



      Contribute on our Github

      Gopher Grades is maintained by Social Coding with data from Summer 2017 to Spring 2024 provided by the Office of Institutional Data and Research

      Privacy Policy