Education at the Center for Children, Law & Policy

Course Offerings at the University of Houston Law Center

The University of Houston Law Center offers a broad range of courses relating to children’s rights as part of our commitment to training and educating future lawyers about children’s issues. The following is a list of course offerings:

  • Juvenile Justice
  • Children and the Law
  • Hot Topics in Children and the Law
  • Juvenile Justice Seminar
  • Family Law
  • Family Law Practice
  • Disabilities and the Law
  • Special Education Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Children and the Law Lab
  • Civil Practice Clinic
  • Immigration Clinic

Note: Not all courses are offered every year, and offerings are subject to change.


Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) Training

  • Director Ellen Marrus is a recognized JTIP trainer, formally certified by the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC).
  • JTIP is a curriculum designed by NJDC to develop a specialization in the practice of juvenile defense. JTIP aims to elevate the practice of juvenile law and is structured to help defenders meet their obligations at every stage of the delinquency system.
  • JTIP reflects a core commitment to the unique role and critical importance of specialized defense counsel in juvenile courts across America, consistent with a young person’s fundamental right to counsel. JTIP is the only training curriculum focused on providing a substantive overview of juvenile and criminal law integrated with developing strong trial advocacy skills for juvenile defenders.


Conferences & CLE Courses

Recent Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses offered by CCLP include:

  • Zealous Advocacy Conference for Juvenile Defenders, offered annually 2001-2013.
  • Healthcare In a Changing Landscape: Connecting Houstonians to Coverage: A Citywide Forum for Stakeholders and Consumers, Fall 2013
  • Beyond the Basics: Best Practices in Child Welfare Advocacy, Fall 2012
  • Sealing of Juvenile Records
  • Representing Children in Delinquency and Abuse Proceedings
  • Being a Zealous Advocate for Your Child Client