Several student organizations are focused on criminal law issues.
Virginia Journal of Criminal Law
Students in this yearlong clinic investigate three potential wrongful convictions of incarcerated individuals in Virginia. One of the three
cases has forensic evidence (usually DNA) that could potentially be tested, and two are non-DNA cases.
Domestic Violence Project (DVP)
This pro bono student organization educates the Law School community about domestic violence and monitors domestic violence–related criminal justice proceedings in local jurisdictions. The project assists the commonwealth’s attorney offices of Charlottesville and of Albemarle County in their prosecution of these cases by interviewing victims of domestic violence. The group also organizes police ride-alongs and more.
Pro Bono Criminal Assistance Project (P-CAP)
P-CAP is a Law School student volunteer organization that provides an array of legal assistance in the community, primarily in the area of criminal defense work.
Rape Crisis Advocacy Project (RCAP)
RCAP supports survivors of rape and sexual assault through advocacy, legal research and education.
Virginia Innocence Project Student Group (VIPS)
Law student volunteers investigate claims of innocence by people imprisoned in Virginia. VIPS operates under the guidance of the Innocence Project Clinic at UVA Law School and the Washington, D.C.-based Innocence Project of the National Capital Region.