The Innocence Clinic at Cornell Law School provides students with an opportunity to obtain practical training in postconviction criminal defense work by investigating and litigating on behalf of prisoners with claims of actual innocence. The Clinic’s mission is to investigate New York criminal cases in which there are claims of actual innocence and fundamental miscarriages of justice and, in appropriate cases, to pursue relief. The Innocence Clinic responds to an increasing number of exonerations nationwide, filling a long-standing need for pro bono assistance to wrongfully convicted prisoners in upstate New York.
The Clinic also sponsors community-wide events designed to increase awareness of the causes and effects of wrongful convictions.
Law students who are interested in applying to the Innocence Clinic, please see the For Students page. Prisoners and others interested in submitting a case for consideration, please refer to the Request Help page.