This experiential course provides students an opportunity to work with the Illinois Innocence Project (Project), helping to review files of prison inmates who are seeking exoneration. Participating students will receive two credit hours for the semester. Most of the work will involve case file review, although some legal research will also be required. The group will meet 3-4 times during the semester, however most of the work is done individually, under the direction of the Project and with guidance from the faculty. A limited amount of travel to gather documents might also be required and students will be required to keep journals of their work, which by semester’s end is likely to be 30-40 pages long. This class has very limited enrollment, selection of participants is done through the general course registration process.
Sequence and Prerequisites: Interested students must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in both Law 605: Criminal Procedure: Investigations and Law 679: Criminal Procedure: Adjudication. Due to the unique nature of the course, participating students will need to be flexible and motivated.
Evaluation: This is a Pass/Fail course. Evaluation will be based on assignments and projects for the field placement.