In this clinic, students will gain hands-on experience working on state and federal criminal justice reform campaign efforts. Lawyers engaged in criminal justice reform projects use multiple tactics including litigation, community education, organizing, policy advocacy, lobbying, and traditional and social media in a strategically-integrated approach. Although the substantive focus of the course will be criminal justice, students will learn practical strategic thinking, campaign planning, policy research, and oral and written advocacy skills for use across substantive law areas. Specific skills students can expect to learn in the course include: how to organize and manage a campaign effort; how to recognize and assess the legal and political aspects of legislative, regulatory, or policy issues of criminal justice reform legislation; how to conduct background research necessary to identify and address legal and political issues; how to prepare and present policy solutions in clear and persuasive oral and written forms for diverse audiences; and how to infuse cultural tactics into traditional campaign strategies.
Students are asked to complete a course application form which provides additional details about the clinic operation.