This Seminar meets three times during the semester, for four hours each meeting, and provides students with substantive instruction on the rights of California prisoners, with a focus on the 34,000 serving life sentences. Students will learn from prison lawyers and former prisoners about the unique challenges these prisoners face as they attempt to “rehabilitate” themselves and demonstrate that they can safely be returned to society. Students will receive one unit of credit and will be evaluated on a Pass/No Pass basis depending on class participation and a writing assignment. The Seminar will meet from 10 am to 2 pm on the following days: August 29, September 26 and November 14.
This is a one-semester course; however, students in this Seminar are invited to apply for the year-long California Prison to Parole Practicum (LAW 810), which begins in conjunction with the Seminar in Fall 2014 and continues in Spring 2015. Practicum students must register for both courses in Fall 2014, after which they will continue working on client cases through Spring 2015, culminating in a client's parole consideration hearing.