Course Descriptions

Post-Conviction Justice Project I and II LAW-891, 892

The Post-Conviction Justice Project is a year-long, hands-on clinical program where second- and third year students provide legal representation to individuals serving indeterminate life sentences for first- or second-degree murder, often for crimes committed as a youth. Most of the cases involve preparing and representing clients at parole hearings at which, to be released, clients must demonstrate that they no longer pose a danger to society. The Project also handles cases seeking clemency from the California Governor; cases seeking resentencing or other relief for youth who were tried as adults and sentenced to extreme sentences; and cases involving individuals who were convicted of first-degree felony murder even though they did not kill or intend to kill. Working with an attorney supervisor, students take a lead role in all aspects of the representation.
Teaching This Course
Clinical Professor Emeritus of Law
Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Post-Conviction Justice Project
Course Details
Units 5
Grading Options CR/D/F Only (Fall) & Numeric Only (Spring)
Exam Type None
Writing Requirement Yes, with submission of the Upper Division Writing Requirement Form
Skills/Experiential Requirement Yes, if course not used to fulfill writing requirement

Next Steps

Apply Now
Start the online application process.
Take a Tour
Come experience life at USC Gould.
Visit Us
Sit in on a real class session.
Request More Information
Download or request our viewbook
Check Application Status
Check your application status online.
Meet Student Ambassadors
Meet your JD student ambassadors.
Admitted Students Portal
Log in to our admitted students portal.
Contact Us
Still have questions? Let us help.