In the Boston College Innocence Program, students study the problem of erroneous convictions and work to remedy and prevent these injustices. Clinic students and faculty represent individuals wrongly convicted in Massachusetts for crimes they did not commit and collaborate with public, private, and nonprofit partners in litigation and public policy reforms.
Our Clinic focuses on cases involving complex factual investigation as well as work with scientific and forensic experts. We co-counsel with the Committee for Public Counsel Services Innocence program and with other attorneys and we also accept cases even where no other counsel is appointed and even if no DNA evidence is available to prove factual innocence.
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.
“The BC Innocence Clinic was by far the most gratifying educational and professional opportunity I have ever had.”