Law 429 - Capital Punishment in America


Faculty listed in alphabetical order – please see faculty specific description for requisite information.

Sherod Thaxton



General Course Description:

This course provides a general introduction to death penalty law and practice in the United States. We will explore the constitutional and legal structure of capital punishment (i.e., common law authority, state and federal statutes), the procedures regulating capital trials, judicial and executive review, and the seminal social scientific literature analyzing important aspects of capital charging-and-sentencing systems (e.g., deterrence, incapacitation, cost, wrongful convictions, arbitrariness/capriciousness, and bias).

Course Information:


​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Sherod Thaxton 13F 429 LEC 1 TR 3:10 PM - 4:25 PM 3.0 No No



Categories: Con Law, Govt, & Public Policy; Crim Law & Procedure;