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LAWS 4402 BC Innocence Clinic (Spring/Fall: 4 )


Course Description

Students in BC Innocence clinic work with faculty supervision on post-conviction screening and/or litigation of cases of prisoners who assert their innocence. Case screening involves review of trial transcripts, pre-trial discovery, appellate and post-conviction briefs, and judicial opinions, as well as factual and forensic research, to determine whether scientific testing or other investigative leads could establish a strong likelihood that the prisoner is factually innocent. Students produce a memorandum analyzing the case and making a recommendation as to whether post-conviction litigation should be pursued. Students engaged in litigation research and draft motions for various types of post-conviction relief with supporting memoranda and affidavits. Class component is devoted to case-rounds and development of legal, professional, and ethical skills in the context of post-conviction innocence work. Students spend 10-12 hrs/week outside of class time on casework.


Instructor(s): Charlotte Whitmore

Prerequisites: Criminal Procedure and Evidence recommended.

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Last Updated: 04-Aug-14