In the Boston College Innocence Program, students study erroneous convictions and work to remedy or prevent such injustices. We offer one of the most diverse ranges of innocence experiential opportunities in the country, including our in-house Innocence Clinic and externships and collaborations with public, private, and nonprofit organizations representing innocent prisoners in post-conviction litigation and reforming public policy.
Our Clinic focuses on cases where DNA and forensic evidence is not enough to prove innocence, giving students the opportunity to engage in complex factual investigation as well as work with forensic experts. The BC Innocence clinic collaborates with the Committee for Public Counsel Services Innocence Program, and CPCS and BCIP act as co-counsel in all aspects of the investigation and litigation of the clinic's cases.
As part of the Innocence Program, students:
The BC Innocence Program's experiential placements are enriched by two classroom components:
The BCIP also provides undergraduate internships and public education and attorney training programs highlighting the latest in the field.
Thanks to the Innocence Program, exonerations are becoming commonplace, but there is nothing at all common about the relationship between wrongly convicted Dennis Maher and the prosecutor who put him behind bars.
Read Dennis Maher's story in BC Law Magazine or watch the video to see his appearance at BC Law.
“The BC Innocence Clinic was by far the most gratifying educational and professional opportunity I have ever had.”