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Wrongful Convictions Clinic


The Drake Wrongful Convictions Clinic provides students with the opportunity to investigate and contribute to work on post-conviction litigation for Iowa inmates claiming factual innocence.

Students will assist in all aspects of assigned cases including reviewing trial transcripts and case files, visiting incarcerated clients, interviewing witnesses, collecting records, consulting subject matter experts, conducting legal research, drafting pleadings, and attending court hearings.

The Wrongful Convictions Clinic was made possible by a unique collaboration between Drake Law School and the Iowa State Public Defender. The Iowa State Public Defender, Wrongful Conviction Division collaborates with The Midwest Innocence Project.

To request assistance of the Wrongful Convictions Clinic, please visit The Midwest Innocence Project at and complete the application for assistance form located on the website.

Enrollment in the Wrongful Convictions Clinic is open to students who have completed three semesters or more of law school and are eligible to receive a student practice license. Prerequisite: Evidence (Law 113) and Ethics and Professional Responsibility (Law 114).


Please join the Wrongful Conviction Division for a watch party featuring Erin Moriarty on the Impact of Media in Wrongful Conviction Cases. This event is sponsored by the Midwest Innocence Project, as part of their Faces of Innocence program, Drake University Law School and the State Public Defender's Office of Iowa.

April 28, 2022
6:00 - 8:00 P.M.
Location: Drake University Law School, Room 213

Faces of Innocence Flyer 

2.5 CLE hours applied for the state of Iowa.



Erica Nichols Cook, Director and Clinician in Residence, Drake Wrongful Convictions Clinic

Lauren Wheeler, Investigator, Drake Wrongful Convictions Clinic


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