A maximum of 15 law students are selected to participate in the Exoneration Justice Clinic. The law students enroll in the clinic for the entire academic year for academic credit. Each semester two undergraduate seniors, who are planning on attending law school after graduation, are also selected to participate in the clinic.
Students also participate in a nine-week summer internship program. Each summer three law students and three undergraduate seniors are accepted into the summer program. The students work full-time on wrongful conviction cases for monetary compensation.
All of these students participate in client intake work reviewing requests from prison inmates for legal representation based on claims of actual innocence. The students also investigate and litigate wrongful conviction cases, including participating in judicial proceedings. Students review trial transcripts, police reports, witness statements, forensic reports, and other case materials to discover evidence that would support overturning our client’s wrongful conviction. The students also conduct legal research and draft legal memoranda and judicial pleadings.
In addition, clinic students take on special projects, including legislative reform initiatives intended to prevent wrongful convictions, and assist our clients’ re-entry into the community after release from prison.