Curriculum Guide · Courses
Prison Litigation Advocacy
Professor Deborah Golden
J.D. Practicum 1181 | 5 credit hours
This course will introduce students to the prison reform field. Materials will cover substantive law, policy, and practical advocacy skills. Substantive law will comprise the major statues, regulations, and case law governing the U.S. carceral system. The policy units will cover issues such as privatization and approaches to sexual assault. Finally, the course will touch on practical skills such as interviewing techniques, media relations, and self care. Practicum placements will be at various non-profits and agencies that deal with prison reform issues. Depending on the agency and its needs, work will include litigation, individual advocacy, policy development, or legislative advocacy.
Students may not receive credit for this class and De-Criminalizing Mental Illness or Mass Incarceration and Solitary Confinement, or Prison Law, Policy and Advocacy Seminar. Students may not concurrently enroll in this practicum and an externship or a clinic (except Street Law) or another practicum course. Students who wish to receive credit for the Externship Seminar and a practicum course that has the same field placement may do so only if: (1) the practicum course is taken in a semester following the Externship Seminar; and (2) the student receives permission from the Assistant or the Associate Dean for Clinical Programs. To receive such permission, the student must explain in writing how the practicum course field work would serve substantially different learning goals than did their externship field placement.
THIS IS A PRACTICUM COURSE.