611.30 Readings in Sentencing and Punishment

This one-credit readings course explores sentencing and punishment.  The class will meet six times on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The tentative class schedule is August 30, September 13, September 27, October 11, November 1, and November 15.  The readings will provide perspectives on sentencing and punishment, including the perspectives of defendants, prosecutors, defense attorneys, victims, and probation officers.  The readings will examine guideline and nonguideline sentencing schemes and other sentencing topics.  Students will prepare brief two-page reflection  papers and participate in class discussion.  Grading will be on a credit/no credit basis. For 3Ls with a deeper interest in this topic, Judge Dever will consider supervising independent study projects, including those with structured Substantial Research and Writing Project requirements.  Any such paper is due no later than December 18, 2023. 


Fall 2023

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Reflective Writing
Class participation
Judge James C. Dever III
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW-611-30-F23
Email list: LAW-611-30-F23@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - LLM
Course Requirements - Public Interest
Course Areas of Practice
Course Areas of Practice