Preventing Wrongful Convictions Clinic

Course number: Law 3250 T18

Course Description:

This course is strictly limited to 12 students. As of winter 2019, expressions of interest should be directed to the student advisor who will compile an applicant pool. Students should submit a current CV and cover letter outlining their interest in the subject area. Selection of the students will be made by Professor Ireland. The Preventing Wrongful Convictions seminar course (taught in the Fall term) is a prerequisite for entry. This is an intensive clinical course that will involve a great deal of independent work (around 12 hours per week). Students must be prepared to put significant time into reading case files, analyzing materials and developing investigatory strategies for our files. The course will be split between reviewing case files (from real cases) as well as attending seminars with the course instructor and community experts. The emphasis will always be on participatory engagement and experiential learning. Topics explored in the course include an in-depth examination of the environmental factors that can lead to wrongful convictions; client interview strategies and ethical guidelines; the federal post-conviction review process and application drafting; forensic analysis and re-examination; and research skills.

Course Materials:

Annotated Criminal Code, 2018 

Code of Professional Conduct, Manitoba Law Society 2018. http://www.lawsociety.mb.ca/lawyer-regulation/code-of-professional-conduct

Other materials as assigned

Evaluation:

Pass/Fail

Course Instructor:

David Ireland with guest lecturers from the legal and scientific communities.

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