The Post-Conviction Clinic investigates claims of wrongful conviction and manifest injustice from prisoners convicted of crimes in Arizona. Post-conviction work is a specialized practice area that delves into both fundamental and nuanced aspects of criminal law and criminal procedure – one that is becoming increasingly vital as over 400 prisoners nationwide have been exonerated either in full or in part by DNA testing, and over 1,500 people have been exonerated by other means. Arizona is home to more than 40,000 prisoners and more than 5,000 on community supervision. Arizona incarcerates more people per capita than any other state in the west and ranks sixth in the country. The clinic works in conjunction with the Arizona Justice Project.
The Post-Conviction Clinic is a one semester course.
- Credits: six credits (four client component pass/fail and two graded seminar)
- Pre- or Co-Requisite(s): Evidence, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law and Professional Responsibility
Students are expected to spend a minimum of 270 hours in the Clinic during the one semester.
- Fall or Spring Semester – 20 hours per week
Included in those hours is a mandatory seminar class of a minimum of five hours per week.
The Post Conviction Clinic does not accept outside referrals or direct inquiries for services. If you believe you have a valid post conviction claim, please contact the Arizona Justice Project at 602-496-0286 or firstname.lastname@example.org for referral to our clinic or another clinic that can assist you.