The Reentry Clinic
The Reentry Clinic is an innovative collaboration between the Maurer School of Law and Indiana Legal Services’ Bloomington Office’s Expungement Help Desk. With the assistance of Maurer Law School students, the Reentry Clinic provides post-conviction legal services to low-income Hoosiers across the state – in obtaining post-conviction expungements, eliminating court-ordered debt, and mitigating the collateral consequences of criminal convictions in Indiana.
Enrollment in the Clinic is limited to six-to-10 students. Students must submit a Resume and a brief Statement of Interest to the instructor, Asher Waite-Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org), to obtain permission to enroll. There are no prerequisites to enroll.
Students in the clinic will earn either 3 or 4 academic credits. The classroom component involves weekly meetings at the law school on Thursdays from 1:15-3:15pm, and students will be expected to read at least one article per week in preparation for class and to complete several written assignments during the semester. Students enrolled in the 3-credit course will be expected to work on clinical matters for approximately 8 hours per week, whereas students receiving 4 credits will work for approximately 12 hours per week. Case work includes attending at least one expungement hearing. Students will work at the ILS office pursuant to a regular set schedule and will submit weekly timesheets.
The Reentry Clinic course will be offered again in the fall semester. Students who took the spring clinic course may continue working in the fall on clinic matters for 1 or 2 additional academic credits, depending on their time commitment.