Juvenile delinquency poses difficult and interesting problems for youth policy and criminal justice policy. This course is devoted exclusively to the misconduct of youths that bring them within the jurisdiction of the juvenile courts. Children's rights as they relate to the processes of investigation and prosecution will be studied. Topics will include history and jurisdiction of juvenile courts; pre-trial procedures and diversion programs; detention; constitutional rights of juveniles; waiver and transfer to the adult system; trial and disposition. Various state juvenile laws, including Colorado, will be compared and contrasted. A goal of this course is to provide practical information as to the appropriate and ethical way of providing effective assistance of counsel to clients in the juvenile court. Knowledge gained from this course will assist students as future lawyers and policy makers to better shape the juvenile court system.