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Prison Law Clinic

UC Davis law students in the Prison Law Clinic use their legal skills to assist persons with problems related to incarceration in state prison. Students advocate on their clients’ behalf with officials at the institution where the prisoner is housed, as well as by filing formal grievances with the California Department of Corrections. The Clinic is especially beneficial to students who wish to learn the art of negotiating and the intricacies of administrative law. Students who wish to practice criminal law, prosecution or defense, can learn about the California state prison system.

Although cases may involve almost any aspect of an inmate’s life in prison, the Prison Law Clinic has seen a significant increase in the number of cases in which inmates require assistance from Clinic students in order to obtain medical care.  Students also assist inmates by providing them with accurate legal information and analysis necessary for the inmate to effectively advocate on his or her own behalf.