Curriculum

Children's Law Clinic

Students in this course participate in a legal clinic focused on the representation of low income children and their parents. While the majority of cases will focus on school-related matters, students may also participate in cases involving other issues relating to the health and well-being of children, such as government benefits and limited family law. Students will have an individual case load and will be closely supervised by clinic faculty. Various case assignments can involve client interviewing and counseling, negotiation, informal advocacy, and litigation in administrative hearings or court. Students must attend a two-hour seminar once per week, with associated preparation. Students work on clinic cases approximately 10-12 hours a week, for a minimum of 125 hours of legal work during the semester. There is no paper and no exam. Students must be in at least their fourth semester of law school to enroll in the clinic due to state student practice rules. Education Law is recommended, but not required. The ethics rules portion of the Ethics & Professionalism graduation requirement is a prerequisite (see Clinics Enrollment Policy).

IMPORTANT:

This course may not be dropped after the first class meeting.

*Variable Credit: 4-5 credits upon student selection*

Students MUST be able to attend the day-long clinic intensive training session to enroll in this course.


International LLM students who wish to enroll in a clinic must seek the permission of the clinic's faculty director prior to the enrollment period. Permission is required to enroll but permission does not constitute entry into the clinic.


Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.

Prerequisite Information

Students are required to have instruction in the Model Rules of Professional Conduct prior to participating in a clinic or an externship. The Law of Lawyering (LAW 238) and Ethics in Action (LAW 539) fulfill this prerequisite.

Sections/Instructors

Jane R. Wettach, Brenda Berlin
Children's Law Clinic 416.02
Spring 2015

Jane R. Wettach, Brenda Berlin
Children's Law Clinic 416.01
Fall 2014
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