NOTE THIS COURSE WILL END ON FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016.
Children’s Law is a three credit course examining the various roles that lawyers can play to improve the lives of children and families marginalized by virtue of poverty and other challenges. It will explore the various legal systems in which those children and families may be involved, such as the child welfare, juvenile justice, school-to-prison pipeline, special education, and mental health systems. The course will explore how attorneys can use their skills to improve the lives of marginalized children through a variety of means, such as negotiation, litigation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and policy/legislative advocacy. The course is not structured as a traditional course focused on appellate case law. Instead, through class discussion, simulations, guest speakers, field trips, writing assignments, and other exercises, the course will explore the legal systems, policies, and unmet legal needs that affect low-income children and families and on developing professional skills that will serve you in advocating on behalf of children, families, and communities. Active student participation is required. Students will be graded on their participation and performance in a series of class exercises, discussions, and written assignments. There is no final exam, and there are no prerequisites for this course.