"Before enrolling in the clinical programs, I was fairly certain of what type of law I wanted to practice. Now, I am 100% certain. I gained firsthand knowledge about the juvenile justice system, and learned to represent child clients in the 'real world'". -Kiry Tous '05
IN THE JUVENILE DEPENDENCY CLINIC, student attorneys represent children who have been abused or neglected by their parent or caregiver.
Juvenile Dependency Clinic student attorneys counsel the child about the case, their rights, the court system, the proceedings, the lawyer's role, and what to expect. They visit the client and care taker before every hearing, and communicate with all other parties in the case. They participate in protective services planning for the case, identify appropriate family and professional resources for the child, and advocate for their client's desired outcomes. Students gain extensive experience in interdisciplinary practice as well as in legal skills.
THE JUVENILE DEFENSE CLINIC represents children accused of committing a criminal act or alleged to be a child in need of supervision. Student attorneys are assigned to represent children in cases ranging from misdemeanors to first degree felonies, including cases eligible for transfer to criminal court.
Juvenile Defense Clinic student attorneys interview their clients, investigate the charged offenses, negotiate with the prosecutors, decide case strategy, develop dispositional alternatives and advise their clients. Student attorneys also prepare for all court hearings and /or trial and appear in court. Clinic clients often face very serious and long lasting consequences and zealous advocacy is critical
In both Juvenile Clinics, students meet individually with the supervising attorney to work through their ideas and actions on their cases. Students also meet weekly as a class to share their experiences and refine skills in legal analysis, planning, communication and collaboration.
The Juvenile Dependency Clinic is a 4 unit graded course with class on Mondays from 4-6 pm. Prerequisites: 2.0 G.P.A. and 45 Units. Professional Responsibility, Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Law and Children's Rights are strongly recommended.