Course Description

LAWS 7449
Juvenile Law Clinic
General Description:
This is a year-long course.

Students in the Juvenile Law Clinic represent children and youth who have been abused and neglected or accused of a crime. This year long clinic allows the student to develop significant attorney client relationships, providing the student attorney with the best information to advocate for his clients. The clinic involves clients, when age appropriate, in all legal decisions, and actively encourages client participation in the legal process. Student attorneys represent the whole child, addressing all of the legal needs of the child client. In addition, student attorneys represent school districts as the petitioner in truancy matters, which allows the students ample court experience in presenting a case. The second semester of the clinic continues with an advance trial advocacy focus, culminating in a mock child welfare trial with the juvenile law clinic students of DU law school, judged by local child welfare practitioners. The clinic seminar focuses on the substantive law of child welfare, delinquency, and education law as well as the collateral areas of mental health, immigration, poverty, disability, family law, and alternative dispute resolution. The clinic begins with a three-day orientation seminar before classes begin. This pre-semester class time is deducted from class time during the term.

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