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USC Gould School of Law

Post-Conviction Justice Project I and II     LAW-891, 892

The Post-Conviction Justice Project is a year-long, in-house clinical program where second and third year students provide legal representation to California inmates. The majority of the cases involve preparing and representing clients who are eligible for parole hearings – hearings at which the client, in order to be released from prison, must demonstrate that he or she is not a danger to society. Most of the Project’s parole clients are serving indeterminate life sentences for first- or second-degree murder, and they are either female clients located at the California Institution for Women (CIW) in Corona (many of whom experienced intimate partner battering related to their crime), or male clients incarcerated throughout the state who were young at the time of their crime and qualify for California’s Youth Offender Parole Process. The Project also handles cases seeking clemency from the California Governor, and cases seeking resentencing or other relief for juveniles tried as adults and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole and for individuals who were convicted of first-degree felony murder even though they did not kill and had no intent to kill.

Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Grading Options CR/D/F Only
Exam Type None
Writing Requirement Yes, with submission of the Upper Division Writing Requirement Form
Skills/Experiential Requirement Yes, if course not used to fulfill writing requirement
Corequisites Evidence (LAW 608)

Grading Options: vary with the professor

Note: The Post-Conviction Justice Project is a two, consecutive, semester commitment.

Students must be able to travel to prisons on a regular basis to visit their clients and conduct parole hearings.

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