Law 669 - Wrongful Convictions


Faculty listed in alphabetical order – please see faculty specific description for requisite information.

Richard Leo



General Course Description:

This course is about the wrongful conviction and incarceration of the factually innocent in the American criminal justice system.  We will examine how and why wrongful convictions occur, the sources of error (e.g., eyewitness mis-identifications, false confessions, perjured testimony from jailhouse informants, police and prosecutorial misconduct, etc), and what can be done to minimize and/or prevent future errors.  The goal of this course is to systematically describe, explain, and analyze the causes and consequences of, as well as solutions for, the wrongful conviction of the innocent in the American criminal justice system.

Course Information:


​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Richard Leo 14S 669 SEM 1 M 5:00 PM - 6:50 PM 3.0 Yes Per instructor's discretion
  Prerequisite: Law 202. Constitutional Criminal Procedure.



Categories: Con Law, Govt, & Public Policy; Crim Law & Procedure; Substantial Analytical Writing Requirement;