Course Description: The Practicum will provide students with lawyering skills, substantive legal knowledge and training in non-legal areas such as child development and trauma to prepare them to be excellent attorneys for children and other vulnerable populations. The weekly class will include a discussion of specific cases students are working on, practical training on specific types of youth law cases, substantive legal training in Education, Foster Care, Guardianship and Immigration, and additional training in non-legal topics relevant to attorneys working with children and other vulnerable populations, focused on advocacy for clients who have been impacted by trauma.
The practicum component will include participation in LSC’s warmline (a free and confidential help line), school expulsion hearings, guardianship proceedings, and immigration matters. Students will also have the opportunity to help on LSC policy/advocacy projects. Students will improve their skills in interviewing, issue spotting, case presentation and trial techniques, as well as gain familiarity with administrative hearings, state court hearings, federal immigration proceedings and policy work.
6 units: 2 class units and 4 fieldwork units graded pass-fail. Fieldwork units will count against the 18 unit limit for non-classroom work. Satisfies professional skills requirement.
Prerequisites: Children and the Law, may be waived with permission of the instructor. Prior or concurrent enrollment in Family Law, Education Law, Public Schools and the Constitution recommended. Preference will be given to third years and bilingual students.
To enroll: This course will be available Spring 2015. Information about the application and approval process will be posted Fall 2014.