Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Contact Information

University of Leeds Justice Project
University of Leeds
email: justiceproject@leeds.ac.uk

Getting Involved

Our current law students wishing to volunteer for the University of Leeds Justice Project, can find more details on the VLE.

Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

"The University of Leeds Justice Project has provided me with an invaluable opportunity to gain an insight in to the legal system and the criminal process in England and Wales.  In addition, managing real cases; writing letters to prisoners and legal professionals; and presenting my cases to a Criminal Solicitor Advocate has provided me with many skills not only useful for a legal career, but transferable to any profession."
Nicola Stewart LLB Law (Administration Manager)

University of Leeds Justice Project

What is the University of Leeds Justice Project?

The University of Leeds Justice Project (previously the Innocence Project) is an educational project for our law students. The project investigates cases of suspected wrongful conviction. It provides free assistance to applicants, who maintain that they have suffered a wrongful conviction, in completing an application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

If you are a student at Leeds, the project gives you the opportunity to do investigative work into real cases, supervised by academics and in conjunction with practicing solicitors. Investigating real cases provides insight into the workings of the criminal justice system.

The Project gives you the chance to develop your creativity, and hone your communication, teamwork and negotiation skills. It will also give you experience of resource management and networking.

About the Justice Project

We founded the University of Leeds Innocence Project in October 2005 with funding from the White Rose Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Enterprise.

It provides our students with unique extra-curricula educational opportunities. Working with the project fosters contacts throughout the local legal community, and helps to ensure that the University of Leeds plays an important role in meeting local community and regional legal needs.

The work done by the students is supervised by an academic member of staff and a solicitor from McKay Law - Solicitors and Advocates. 

The 'Innocence Movement'

Innocence Projects have a successful international heritage. Such projects were initiated in the United States in the 1980s, and have brought about a large number of exonerations -- a number of which have involved inmates on Death Row. Innocence projects now exist across the US, Australia, Canada, and England and Wales.

The University of Leeds Justce Project is dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted and working to redress the causes of wrongful convictions.

© Copyright Leeds 2016