Students spend two to three weeks in August at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta or the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL, where they meet attorneys, investigators, and mitigation specialists working on capital cases and become a part of a team representing people facing the death penalty. They work on cases, which may include interviews with witnesses, jurors, or clients, depending upon what is happening in the case at the time, as well as legal research, analysis, and writing. Students continue their work over two semesters upon return to law school. Students complete a substantial writing assignment, such as a portion of a motion, brief, or memorandum of law. This course requires participation for both the fall and spring terms. The course is limited to students who have taken Capital Punishment: Race, Poverty, and Disadvantage, or intend to take it the following Spring. The instructors are Stephen Bright and Sia Sanneh.

Ways to Engage


Our Clinics

Yale Law School offers more than 30 clinics that provide students with hands on, practical experience in the law on a diverse range of subject matters.

Simulation

Yale Law School offers a suite of innovative simulation courses based on real-world case studies.

Centers and Workshops

Yale Law School enhances the intellectual life of its academic community by sponsoring a variety of centers, programs, and workshops, inspired by the interests of its faculty and students.

It was an empowering experience to be at Yale Law School and it fundamentally changed my life.”


Senator Gary Hart

Class of 1964