Children and the Law

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/16
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • R
  • 1300-1500
  • WB127
09/01/2022 12/01/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

In this seminar students will examine the law’s treatment of children’s rights, and state obligations to children, in the context of three sets of relationships: (1) Children, their families, and the State; (2) Children and the Courts; and (3) Children and Custodial Agencies (Departments of Social Services and Juvenile Justice, and Schools). Through reading and discussing a wide array of materials – cases, law review articles, social science research, and media accounts – students will explore the current state of the law regarding these relationships, the complexities involved with assigning rights and responsibilities to children and those who care for them, the inconsistent views we have of when childhood begins and ends, and the barriers and limitations on courts and legislatures when making decisions regarding children.

Course Requirements

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: There will be two writing assignments in this class – a ten-page paper and a fifteen-page paper (both due via EXPO, deadlines to be announced). The first paper will be based on one of the subjects, or readings, covered during our class. The second paper will be based on a relevant topic selected by the student.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
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
ABA Seminar
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