Post-Conviction Advocacy Project

The purpose of the Post-Conviction Advocacy Project (P-CAP) is to train Berkeley Law students to assist California inmates with the parole process. Our group’s mission is to attain justice for the thousands of men and women who may spend the rest of their lives in prison, even if they pose no current threat to society.  Indigent prisoners regularly receive inadequate representation from board-appointed attorneys, and students’ support can help ensure that prisoners are well-prepared and have a fair chance at their hearings. P-CAP pairs law students with individuals serving life sentences to aid them in preparing for their parole hearing and to represent them at that hearing under attorney supervision.

Time Commitment: A 14-month commitment is necessary to ensure proper preparation and zealous representation at a client’s hearing.  Thus, students who join P-CAP in  Fall 2016 can expect to have a hearing in the Fall of 2017. Time commitment per semester is about 20-25 hours with variation depending on client needs. 

Other requirements include: (1) obtaining gate clearance to enter prison, (2) the ability to work with a partner, and (3) attending training, part of which includes observing a parole hearing.

For more information, please contact the student leaders at

How To Apply


We are grateful to our supporters:

Julie Hess
Loren S. Lewallen
David B. Oppenheimer
Select Equity Group, Inc.