Post-Conviction Clinic

SLN #: 15888
Course Prefix: LAW-791
Course Section: 001
Credit Hours: 6
Instructor(s): Popko
Course Books: View List of Books

Course Description:
The Post-Conviction Clinic is the newest of the live-client clinics at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Students work to exonerate wrongfully convicted defendants and correct other manifest injustices such as convictions involving ineffective assistance of counsel and disproportionate sentencing. The Clinic may also review cases once actual innocence has been proven in an effort to understand how the wrongful convictions were reached, and to suggest ways to avoid the risk of such convictions in the future. During the Spring 2009 Semester, the Clinic will focus on claims of factual innocence in murder, other non-negligent homicides, and forcible rape convictions where DNA evidence has the potential to exonerate an inmate. While doing so, the Clinic will work closely with the Arizona Justice Project, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, and the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission in implementing a million-dollar federal Department of Justice DNA Testing Assistance Grant. Thus, students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with inmates, defense lawyers, prosecutors, law enforcement, and investigators to exonerate wrongfully convicted individuals. For more information about the course, see the Clinic’s webpage at

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 6
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible/Upper-Level Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: Yes
Experiential Learning: No
Seminar: No
Special Withdrawal Course: No
Limited Enrollment Number: 6
Final Exam Given: No
Paper Or In-Class Presentation: Class presentations
Attendance Policy: Per Statement Of Student Policies

* The law school has a policy that Is used To calculate credit hours. Please see the Statement of Student Policies.