LAW 2500 - Juvenile Justice Clinic Practicum
Students in the Juvenile Justice Clinic Practicum represent youth at public school suspension hearings and related disciplinary matters. After an intensive training in school discipline law at the start of the semester, students are assigned to represent youth who are being threatened by their schools with suspension, expulsion or other disciplinary consequences. Allegations against youth clients range from assault and fighting to insubordination and absenteeism. Students engage in client interviewing and counseling, intensive fact investigation, legal research, and negotiation. Students’ representation of their clients at disciplinary hearings involves witness examinations, introduction of documentary evidence, evidentiary objections, and closing arguments. Students meet regularly with supervisors for case rounds, and are accompanied by a supervisor at all hearings. Trial Techniques or Introduction to Child and Family Advocacy is recommended preparation for participation in the Juvenile Justice Clinic Practicum. Instructor permission is required to register for the course.
Prerequisites & Notes
There are no pre-requisites. Students are, however, encouraged to take either Trial Techniques or Introduction to Child and Family Advocacy before applying.
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