Child Advocacy Clinic (YR)

Section 1, Fall 19

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 11/12
Credits: 4

Course Description

This yearlong clinical course includes two semesters of supervised legal representation of children and other advocacy benefiting children and families in Virginia, supported by a weekly clinical seminar which will meet during the fall semester. Students earn four (4) credits during the fall semester and four (4) credits during the spring semester. This clinical course is offered by JustChildren, a program of the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville. Clinic participants can expect to perform a range of lawyering activities across substantive areas of the law bearing on low-income children and families. JustChildren’s advocacy activities occur mainly in the areas of (1) education law and policy, and (2) juvenile delinquency and criminal law and policy. Other substantive areas of law and policy in which JustChildren’s advocacy activities occur include public benefits and foster care. Clinic participants can expect to engage in a variety of lawyering activities, including, and not limited to: (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 JustChildren advocates and allies across activities in existing local and statewide law and policy change campaigns.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None
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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, Negotations 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 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 one of two “Orientation to Law Clinics at LAJC” sessions at the start of the semester. These sessions will provide clinic participants with necessary information about working with LAJC and its client community. One session will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 10:00 a.m.– 2:30 p.m. The other session will be held on Friday, August 30, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Both sessions will be held at the law school. Attendance at one or the other session is mandatory, unless a clinic participant has a non-negotiable conflict that prevents attendance at either session and the student obtains permission for the absence. Clinic participants seeking an excusal must request it in writing by e-mailing Amy Walters ( by Sunday, August 25. 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

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.

General Information

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