Youth Advocacy Clinic (YR)

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 5/8
Credits: 4
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • T
  • 1150-1350
  • LAJC1
08/30/2022 12/06/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This yearlong clinical course includes two semesters of supervised legal representation of youth and other advocacy benefiting youth and families in Virginia, supported by a weekly clinical seminar. This clinical course is offered by 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, encouraging holistic and community-partnered approaches to lawyering. The Youth Advocacy Clinic’s casework is focused predominantly on education and 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 advocates and allies in local and statewide law and policy change campaigns.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
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: APPLICATION: Students enroll in this clinic via an application process announced by Director of Clinics, Prof. Shalf, and administered by the instructors. The instructors will notify SRO of the students who accept offers to join the clinic, and SRO will enroll them in the course prior to the lottery process. 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 youth, the various legal systems and settings in which the law students will practice, and generalized instruction regarding the representation of clients. Additionally, students will meet in small groups with their supervising attorneys for additional case and project supervision as necessary, and the supervising attorneys will accompany students to all administrative and/or court hearings. Because students will participate in 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. This session will provide clinic participants with necessary information about working with LAJC and its client community. It will be held on Monday, August 29 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. NOTE REGARDING CREDITS AND GRADING BASIS: Of the eight credits awarded for this clinic, four will receive a Credit (CR) or No Credit (NC) grade at the conclusion of the fall semester, and four will receive a grade of Honors (H), Pass (P) or Fail (F) at the conclusion of the spring semester. In accordance with Academic Policy, CR, NC, H, P, and F grades do not earn grading points, so they do not contribute to a student's grade point average (GPA).

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.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
Clinical (Excl.)
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, November 30, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM