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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 life-terms in California. Most of the cases involve preparing and representing clients who are eligible for the parole process – hearings at which the clients, in order to be released from prison, must demonstrate that they no longer pose a danger to society. Most of the Project’s parole clients are serving indeterminate life sentences for first- or second-degree murder and qualify for California’s Youth Offender Parole process. The Project also handles cases seeking clemency from the California Governor; cases seeking resentencing or other relief for youth tried as adults and sentenced to extreme sentences; and individuals who were convicted of first-degree felony murder even though they did not kill and or intend  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) and Trauma-Informed Lawyering (LAW 638) with PCJP I (LAW 891)

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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