Youth Advocacy Clinic (YR)

Section 1, Fall 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 6/8
Credits: 4
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • R
  • 1150-1350
  • LAJC1
08/26/2021 11/18/2021

Course Description

This yearlong clinical course includes two semesters of supervised legal representation and advocacy benefiting children and families in Virginia, supported by a weekly clinical seminar. This clinical course is offered by the Youth Justice Program at the Legal Aid Justice Center and meets off grounds. All of the clinics hosted by Legal Aid Justice Center are designed to educate students about the range of strategies used by attorneys to identify, investigate, and attack systemic injustices and encourage holistic and community-partnered approaches to lawyering. The Youth Justice Program’s advocacy activities occur mainly in the areas of (1) education law and policy, and (2) juvenile delinquency law and policy. Clinic participants can expect to engage in a variety of lawyering activities, and their experiences may include: (1) carrying out factual investigation and data analysis; (2) researching and analyzing state and federal law; (3) advising and counseling clients; (4) negotiating with public agencies on behalf of clients, and representing clients in litigation against public agencies in administrative and judicial proceedings; (5) representing clients in adversarial hearings in Virginia juvenile and circuit courts; (6) community organizing to engage and promote local client communities; (7) developing and implementing legal education programming for our client communities; and, (8) collaborating with Youth Justice Program advocates and allies across activities in existing local and statewide law and policy change campaigns. For the 2021-22 academic year specifically, we anticipate representing two or more juvenile offenders in state Circuit Court, representing numerous children and their families in school discipline and IEP proceedings, advocating for improved school funding, advocating for alternatives to police in schools, and developing state and local policies that decriminalize youth and improve mental health funding and services for youth.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will engage in casework throughout the year and will be responsible for case management and time keeping, including drafting memoranda, correspondence, legal pleadings, and policy materials as assigned projects dictate.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Trial Advocacy, Children and the Law, and 3rd Year Practice Certificate recommended, but not required. Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: During the fall and spring semesters, students will meet weekly for two hours at the Legal Aid Justice Center (1000 Preston Ave.) for instruction and case supervision. During the fall semester, the two- hour weekly class session will include the clinical seminar, which will provide students with an understanding of the legal obstacles confronting low-income children, the various legal systems and settings in which the students will practice, and generalized instruction regarding the representation of children. It also will include case and project supervision, where students will meet in small groups with their supervising attorneys. During the spring semester, the majority of the two- hour weekly class session will be spent on case and project supervision. Students will meet with supervising attorneys outside of weekly supervision as necessary, and the supervising attorneys will accompany students to all administrative and/or court hearings. Because students will participate in frequent visits to juvenile correctional centers to provide incarcerated youth with access to counsel, a background check may be required. IMPORTANT: All clinic participants must attend an “Orientation to Law Clinics at LAJC” session at the start of the semester. These sessions will provide clinic participants with necessary information about working with LAJC and its client community. Information about this session will be circulated once available. CREDITS: Of the eight credits awarded for this clinic, four credits will be allocated to the fall semester and four credits to the spring semester for academic load purposes. Grading will occur at the end of the spring semester, and four of the credits will be pass/fail and four of the credits will be graded.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, November 17, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 03, 11:59 PM