Juvenile Justice Clinic Course
The Juvenile Justice Clinic is a law school program in which law students represent youth charged with misdemeanor and felony crimes in the District of Columbia under close faculty supervision. Charges typically include robbery, assault, burglary, weapons possession, and car theft. Clinic students also occasionally represent clients in special education and school disciplinary hearings.
Clinic students, faculty and fellows provide highly effective representation to their clients by protecting the youth's rights in the juvenile justice system and working to improve the youth's chances of becoming a productive citizen. Clinic faculty teach law students to exercise good judgment and to plan litigation and settlement strategies that attain their client's goals.
Through their case work and classroom assignments, clinic students learn to think independently, synthesize facts and legal principles, and develop interviewing, counseling, negotiation, and trial skills.
Students receive 14 credits for completing an entire year in the clinic and 9 credits for completing only the Fall semester.
Conflicts of Interest
A stringent federal conflict of interest statute prevents students who are employed by the District of Columbia government or by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia from participating in the Juvenile Justice Clinic.