Child Advocacy Clinic: System-Involved Youth

Child Advocacy Clinic: System-Involved Youth

Ms. Crisanne Hazen
Fall 2018 clinic
4, or 5 clinical credits

Students who enroll in this offering may count the credits towards the JD experiential learning requirement.

Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement.

Required Class Component: Child Advocacy: System-Involved Youth Clinical Seminar(2 fall classroom credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in this clinic will automatically enroll you in the required course.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.
By Permission: No.
Add/Drop Deadline: Please note that this clinic has an early drop deadline of June 30, 2018.
LLM Students: International students on F-1 student visas are required to have Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization; LL.M. students are not eligible for CPT.
Placement Site: Various externship placements.

The Child Advocacy Clinic: System-Involved Youth is designed to educate students about a range of issues faced by children and youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. With a specific focus on adolescents and young adults, this course will address issues such as transitioning out of the foster care system, sexual exploitation, teen parenting, medical consent, and the rights of youth in the juvenile justice system.

Enrollment Options: The Child Advocacy Clinic: System-Involved Youth is a fall course. Clinical students work part-time (16-20 hours/week for 4-5 clinical credits) at local organizations in the Greater Boston area.

Fieldwork Component: Students are placed in a wide array of fieldwork settings, ranging from organizations providing individual advocacy, to those promoting systemic change through impact litigation and legislative reform, to government agencies.

Based on their particular placements, students may: engage in courtroom advocacy; participate in school and home visits; assist with interviews of child victims; analyze social science and psychological research; leverage the media and write op-ed articles; prepare for city council or legislative hearings; provide trainings to youth, parents, teachers, attorneys, and police officers; develop legislative reform proposals; and participate in mediations. For instance:

Within the child welfare system, students may represent individual children who are abused and neglected; participate in efforts by the Department of Children and Families to address the needs of transition-aged youth; or work with juvenile court judges adjudicating care and protection and other child welfare cases.

Within the juvenile justice system, students may work to end the school-to-prison pipeline; promote policies to reform the justice system for youth of color; help youth being sexually trafficked; or work alongside juvenile defenders in delinquency and youthful offender cases.

Note that many placements cut across substantive areas and engage students in a host of advocacy strategies and skills.

Matching Process: Once enrolled in the Clinic, the Child Advocacy Program (CAP) will provide students with a list of fieldwork placement organizations and their potential projects. Students will give CAP information about their background and interests and rank their placement preferences. CAP will then match students with a placement based on their preferences, the organizations' needs, and CAP's mission to provide students with a broad spectrum of experiences. Visit the CAP Clinic webpage for a list of organizations where clinic students have been placed in prior years.

This course is part of the Child Advocacy Program (CAP), whose other courses are: Child Advocacy: Child Welfare, Education & Juvenile Justice Clinical Seminar, Art of Social Change; Child, Family, and State (alternating years); Family Law (alternating years); and the Future of the Family seminar. Enrollment in all CAP courses is encouraged but not required.

Subject Areas: Family, Gender & Children's Law, Procedure & Practice