Wrongful Convictions Clinic
The Wrongful Convictions Clinic investigates plausible claims of innocence made by North Carolina inmates convicted of felonies.
Students in the clinic study the causes of wrongful convictions, including mistaken eyewitness identification, false confessions, faulty forensic evidence, and “jailhouse snitches.” Together with the Duke Law Innocence Project, a student-run organization with the same mission, student-attorneys work under the supervision of faculty to manage cases and perform a wide range of duties, including interviewing the inmates, locating and interviewing witnesses, gathering documentation, writing legal documents and memos, and working with experts. Most clinic cases do not involve DNA.
Many students describe their time in the clinic, working to exonerate individuals incarcerated for crimes they didn't commit, as their most rewarding experience during law school.
One of the resounding reminders we’ve gotten from clinic professors is that quitting isn’t an option. Things that are worth fighting for are worth fighting for no matter how messy they get.