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Student Work

The Child Advocacy Clinic, which is part of Harvard Law School’s Child Advocacy Program, (CAP) is designed to educate students about a range of social change strategies and to encourage critical thinking about the pros and cons of different approaches. The clinic is relevant for students with a particular interest in children’s issues as well as for students interested in social change.

Students are placed at a different organization/agency serving children, with a focus on substantive areas such as:

  • child welfare (abuse and neglect, foster care and adoption);
  • education; and
  • juvenile justice.

The placements use a range of strategies to spark social change such as:

  • individual client representation;
  • impact litigation;
  • legislative and policy reform;
  • alternative dispute resolution;
  • grassroots organizing;
  • community education; and
  • social entrepreneurship.

Some students will work for reform from within the system and others from outside. For more information on past placements, see our Master List of CAP Clinic Placements. Most placements are in the Boston-area, although the Winter/Spring option opens the possibility of working with organizations beyond Boston.

ClinicTalk Podcast (Available to HLS Students Only)

Title Date Length Category

Child Advocacy Program

2016 ClinicTalks Series

Lecturer on Law Cheryl Bratt and HLS students Caroline Trusty, Andrea Clay, Meetra Mehdizadeh

03/03/2016
31:16 Audio Play

How to Register

The Child Advocacy Clinic is offered in the Winter-Spring and Spring semester. You can learn about the required clinical course component, clinical credits, additional requirements, and the clinical registration process, by reading the course catalog description and exploring the links in this section.

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Faculty and Staff

Elizabeth Bartholet (Professor of Law)
Cheryl Bratt (Assistant Director and Lecturer on Law)
Margo Strucker (Program Associate)
Eleanor Topping (Faculty Assistant and Program Assistant)

Contact

Child Advocacy Program
Harvard Law School (WCC)
6 Everett Street, Suite 4133
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 496-1684
cap@law.harvard.edu
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