Public Interest Courses
620: ChildLaw Clinic
The Civitas ChildLaw Clinic represents children in a variety of settings including child protection (abuse and neglect), child custody and visitation, education, and delinquency cases. Students typically work on at least two cases during the course of a semester, under the supervision of at least one member of the Clinic faculty. The Clinic also includes a weekly seminar that addresses relevant substantive law, advocacy skills, and ethical issues in the representation of children. Students will learn about the law governing their areas of practice and gain experience with a range of lawyering skills, including client interviewing and counseling, case planning, and written and oral advocacy. While the subject matter of the Clinic's cases focuses on children's issues, students should expect to develop skills transferrable to any practice setting. The course is open to all students eligible for a student practice license under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711, and no prior experience in working with children is required.
Instructor permission is required for enrollment. Professor Bruce Boyer (email@example.com) serves as the Clinic Director, and Professor Stacey Platt (firstname.lastname@example.org) serves as Associate Director. Students receive four credits for their first semester enrolled in the course; students repeating the Clinic for a second semester receive three credits, with other credit options available with permission of the instructor.