FAQs for prospective students

  1. How many students can enroll in the Actual Innocence Clinic per year? Is placement competitive?

    The clinic only takes 8 students per semester, each semester.  The clinic only lasts one semester.  Depending on enrollment, I sometimes take a student or two as an “advance clinic” students.  Placement is “competitive” in the sense that some semesters, we get many more applicants than spots, Usually we get more applicants than students.

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  2. Does the Actual Innocence Clinic focus on any type of case in particular (for example, DNA vs. non-DNA)?

    We work on both DNA and non-DNA cases.  Anyone who is currently incarcerated on a felony (very few exceptions) is eligible for clinical assistance if they make a colorable claim of actual innocence.

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  3. How many cases does the clinic typically work on in a year?

    Typically students work on 5 cases per semester, which are all at various stages of investigation.

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  4. Will I be meeting clients at the prison?

    It is possible that you may be meeting a client in prison, but not likely. We have over 1600 requests from prisoners on which we are working, so we don’t often go to prison.  We communicate by writing.

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  5. What does investigation look like?

    There will be a lot of document collection and review, as well speaking with potential witnesses both by phone as well as in person, depending on location.

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  6. Are there any prerequisites for taking the Actual Innocence Clinic?

    There are no prerequisites.

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