Civil Rights Restoration Clinic

This clinic gives students theoretical and practical exposure to the problems faced by persons previously convicted of criminal offenses. The program has a classroom component and a representation component. The clinical work is not primarily aimed at developing litigation skills. Instead, it is to give students the opportunity to meet and work with persons with criminal convictions, learn about their situations, prepare court pleadings and handle brief court hearings. The classes cover the legal, policy and professional implications of re-entry and the loss of civil rights, as well as an introduction to interviewing clients and representing them in court.