Wrongful Convictions

Wrongful Convictions

The course is designed to provide students with an overview of the issues and case law related to wrongful convictions. Students will explore the many factors of wrongful conviction, including ineffective assistance of counsel, police and prosecutorial misconduct, mistaken eyewitness identification, false confessions, etc., as well as the legal process for relief from wrongful convictions. Students interested in or pursuing a career in criminal law, whether as a criminal defense attorney or a prosecutor, will find this course will better prepare them to avoid wrongful convictions through their understanding of the many factors so often found in wrongful conviction and factually innocent cases.