Holistic Youth Defense Clinic
Section 1, Spring 23
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The Holistic Youth Defense Clinic will provide students an opportunity to practice holistic and zealous lawyering by representing juvenile clients on delinquency matters, as well as related school discipline and special education matters, in order to help keep youth in their homes, schools, and communities with appropriate supports. Law students will have the opportunity to handle cases from the initial intake to the case disposition and subsequent appeal (if any).
Final Type (if any): None
Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Clinic students will conduct client and witness interviews, conduct legal research and analysis, draft memoranda and pleadings, participate in fact investigation and case planning, negotiate with Asst. Commonwealth’s attorneys, counsel clients, represent clients at trials, hearings, and other proceedings, and draft client transition memos.
Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Civil Procedure (6000)) AND (Criminal Law (6003)) Evidence and Prof. Responsibility are required prerequisites for 3Ls wanting to appear in court with a 3L practice certificate. Moreover, 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: Evidence, Prof. Responsibility, Trial Advocacy Criminal Investigation, Criminal Adjudication, and/or Criminal Procedure Survey all recommended, but not required as pre- or co-requisites.
Mutually Exclusive With: Students who have or are enrolled in another clinic must obtain permission from the Director of Clinics to participate in this clinic to avoid conflicts of interest.
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: Enrollment for this course is through an application process administered by the instructor and the Director of Clinics, Prof. Shalf. Prof. Shin will notify Student Records of which students accept offers to join the clinic, and Student Records will enroll those students in the course. NOTE REGARDING CREDITS: students in this clinic will receive a grade of Honors (H), Pass (P) or Fail (F) at the conclusion of the 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).
*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.
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Criminal Justice, Family Law, Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM