Victim’s Rights Clinic
Available to: 2nd and 3rd year students
The Victim’s Rights Clinic permits students to augment their study in the Victim’s Rights class with work on cases at the Utah Crime Victims Legal Clinic.
Course: Victim’s Rights (2 cr., graded, Spring). In recent years, a strong movement has developed urging that crime victims should play a role in the criminal justice process. This class will explore what role and rights (if any) crime victims should have. Topics to be discussed include defining the “victim”; victim protection; victim involvement in the investigation of the crime, the charging decisions, plea bargaining, and trial; victim impact statements at the sentencing; representation of victims and remedies for deprivations of victims rights; civil remedies as an adjunct to the criminal process; and the proposed federal constitutional amendment protecting victims’ rights.
Placement: (2 or 3 cr., P/F every semester with pre- or co-requisite) The Utah Crime Victims Legal Clinic is a state-wide program providing representation to victims including impact work and education.
Faculty: Professor Paul Cassell
Registration & Placement: Students may enroll in the course online. To enroll in the clinic, students must complete the Clinical Program Application Form. Students will then consult with Professor Smith or Professor Cassell regarding the placement.
LAW 7800-002: Seminar – Victim’s Rights Spring: Monday 1:40 – 3:40 pm
LAW 7951-001: Victim’s Rights Clinic Fall or Spring (2-3 credits)
This placement is also available as part of the Civil Clinic.
Additional work will apply to the Pro Bono Initiative certificate.