University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2018

Course Description
The modern era of post-conviction practice -- collateral attacks on criminal judgments and sentences -- begins with Gideon v. Wainwright. In the intervening half-century, it has become the tail that wags the dog: Florida criminal courts receive some 15,000 post-conviction petitions each year, with the number certain to increase. Focusing principally on Fla.R.Crim.P. 3.850, this short course will enable students to evaluate a post-conviction claim for facial sufficiency, determine if a post-conviction claim warrants an evidentiary hearing, understand the process for such an evidentiary hearing on a post-conviction claim, and write a post-conviction order that will be affirmed on appeal.

Short Course Attendance Policy Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 04-02-2018 - 04-07-2018  

Dates Day Time Room
04-02-2018 - 04-05-2018   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM F109
04-06-2018 - 04-06-2018   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM F109
04-07-2018 - 04-07-2018   S  10:00 AM-1:00 PM F109

Course Frequency
Occasional course offering

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Take home exam due 2 weeks after the end of class
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course: None
Special Attributes:
New Course
Short Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None