Course Details

Clinic Practice: Center on Wrongful Convictions

Students in this clinic section will participate in the Center on Wrongful Convictions' representation of persons who have been convicted of serious crimes and have claims of innocence. Our practice focuses on state post-conviction proceedings, federal habeas corpus work, executive clemency proceedings, and petitions for certificates of innocence. Students may also request to be involved in our Women's Project. This course emphasizes teamwork and collaboration, and students typically work in groups of two or more. Case work may consist of any of the following: case screening, writing to and visiting incarcerated clients, investigating claims of innocence, researching legal issues, and drafting motions and briefs. Depending on the stage of litigation, qualifying students may have the opportunity to appear in court as permitted by Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711. Weekly class sessions will include practical skill development, guest speakers, discussion of legal topics relevant to our work, and student case presentations. NOTE: There will be a mandatory clinic student orientation hosted by clinic faculty on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. We will also offer an optional but highly recommended tour of Stateville Correctional Center on the morning of Friday, October 17; students can expect to be back at the law school by 1:00 p.m. that afternoon.


Catalog Number: LITARB 708
Practice Areas: Civil Lit. and Dispute ResolutionConstitutional LawConstitutional Law & ProcedureCriminal Law Practice AreaLegal Skills Development


Course History

Fall 2014
Title: Clinic Practice: Center on Wrongful Convictions
Faculty: Raley, Jane Ellen (courses  |  homepage)
Daniel, Karen L. (courses  |  homepage)
Swygert, Greg (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 17     Actual: 10



Spring 2014
Title: Clinic Practice: Center on Wrongful Convictions
Faculty: Raley, Jane Ellen (courses  |  homepage)
Daniel, Karen L. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 7



Fall 2013
Title: Clinic Practice: Center on Wrongful Convictions
Faculty: Raley, Jane Ellen (courses  |  homepage)
Daniel, Karen L. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8



Spring 2013
Title: Clinic Practice: Center on Wrongful Convictions
Faculty: Raley, Jane Ellen (courses  |  homepage)
Daniel, Karen L. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 16     Actual: 16



Fall 2012
Title: Clinic Practice: Center on Wrongful Convictions
Faculty: Raley, Jane Ellen (courses  |  homepage)
Daniel, Karen L. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 16     Actual: 16



Fall 2011
Title: Clinic: Wrongful Convictions
Faculty: Raley, Jane Ellen (courses  |  homepage)
Daniel, Karen L. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Clinic     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 16     Actual: 16