Wrongful Convictions Clinic (C)

LAW JD 828

Participants will engage in screening applications from prisoners claiming innocence who have requested help from the New England Innocence Project. This may involve reading prisoner questionnaires, pleadings and court opinions in the case, legal research and analysis of the requirements for obtaining a new trial, review of attorney files, and search for forensic evidence in the case. Clinic students must attend biweekly meetings as determined necessary by Professor Fisher, and spend at least five hours a week on Clinic tasks, under supervision, for the full academic year. If investigation of the prisoner's case finishes at the end of the Fall Semester, or part-way through the Spring Semester, the Clinic work will end at that time. Most often, however, Clinic obligations continue throughout the academic year. Students will receive one pass/fail credit for each full semester of work. If, however, work on the prisoner's case is not finished by December, credit for the Fall will be deferred until the work is completed. Hours spent on Clinic work in the Spring semester that do not receive credit may be counted toward satisfaction of the School's Pro Bono Pledge. Participants will be expected to attend an evening orientation program, conducted in late September at the New England Innocence Project. Interested students may obtain an application online at http://www.bu.edu/law/central/jd/programs/clinics/applying/ and submit it to Professor Fisher (szf@bu.edu). The application deadline is May 15, 2013. NOTES: This Clinic satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement. Enrolling in this Clinic will not disadvantage participants who wish to enroll in other law school clinics, either contemporaneously or subsequently.

FALL 2013 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
A1 Fisher LAW ARR R 4:30 pm-6:30 pm WebReg Restricted
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