In the Innocence Clinic law students investigate innocence claims and reexamine cases in their entirety and provide post-conviction representation to defendants with compelling claims to innocence.
Ten (10) hours per week of field work/litigation/investigation/screening/memo writing and case documentation, and one hour of class time per week. Also (2) two hours of individual case staffing per week is required.
Students may not work, volunteer or intern at any prosecuting agency while they are participating in the clinic. Additionally, students may not be a part of any credit bearing externship.
Class time will include a discussion of how to screen and investigate cases, case rounds, brainstorming, and post-conviction law.
- Students without CLI status will not be permitted to appear in court on behalf of clients.
- Non-CLI may participate in all other aspects of the clinic (interviewing clients and witnesses, fact investigation, and screening).
Wrongful Convictions: Causes and Remedies
In this companion course to the Miami Innocence Clinic students will explore areas such as federal and state habeas corpus, collateral remedies, and causes of wrongful convictions, scientific evidence, and DNA science. This course is a graded 2 credit lecture class. Students may not work, volunteer or intern at any prosecuting agency while they are participating in the clinic.
The clinic is graded and meets the writing or skills requirement. It is also a University wide CIVIC engagement course. Enrollment is limited and students will be selected by Professor Mourer. The clinic is 4 credits per semester. Students who show exemplary performance may be permitted to continue in the clinic subsequent semesters.