Students who enroll in this offering may count the credits towards the JD experiential learning requirement.
Required Clinic Component: Child Advocacy Clinic: System-Involved Youth (4-5 fall clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you in this required course.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.
By Permission: No.
Add/Drop Deadline: June 30, 2019.
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.
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, LGBTQ youth, and the rights of youth in the juvenile justice system.
This course is open only to students who have not taken Child Advocacy Clinic: Child Welfare, Education & Juvenile Justice (held in the winter-spring or spring-only semesters).
All clinic students participate in both the classroom seminar and a clinical fieldwork component during the fall semester.
During the fall seminar, students bring into the classroom their varied experiences, presenting on both specific projects and cases in which they are engaged, and also their placement organization's larger vision for improving conditions for children involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Students reflect on each other's varied experiences, consider which strategies in the field are working and why, and evaluate the benefits and limitations of different approaches. Students will learn about and thoughtfully consider the unique legal issues affecting this population of youth through reflections, readings and class discussions.
Regular classroom attendance and active participation in discussion is required. Grading will be based on a combination of each student's clinical fieldwork, seminar presentation and related packet, contributions to class discussion throughout the term, and written assignments.
Once enrolled in the Clinic, the Child Advocacy Program (CAP) will provide students with a list of fieldwork placement sites 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 more about the Clinic, including answers to frequently asked questions.
This course is part of the Child Advocacy Program (CAP), whose other courses are: Child Advocacy Clinic: Child Welfare, Education & Juvenile Justice (winter-spring or spring semesters); Art of Social Change: Child Welfare, Education & Juvenile Justice; 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.