Wrongful convictions happen.
Working to rectify those injustices and prevent further wrongful convictions helps assure the integrity of our criminal justice system. If you chose the field of law to be a voice for the innocent, here is your opportunity to explore this rewarding field of legal work and gain valuable experience in the process.
Texas A&M School of Law students, in collaboration with The Innocence Project of Texas, can earn course credit by investigating the cases of defendants who claim actual innocence, even after all appeals have failed. The Innocence Project of Texas (IPTX) is an organization dedicated to the mission of securing the release of people who are wrongly convicted in the state of Texas and educating the public about the causes and effects of wrongful convictions.
Currently, there are more than 150,000 people in the Texas prison system. Even assuming a modest rate of 1 percent wrongful convictions, approximately 1,500 people are currently behind bars who don’t belong there. As a law student, you will help investigate claims of actual innocence from Texas inmates. Although details vary from case to case, you will generally work on factual investigations about the original trials. Then, the cases will be evaluated for any post-conviction litigation. Additionally, if a case goes to litigation, you might assist with post-conviction litigation.