Course Details

Clinic:Juvenile Justice: Pre-Trial, Trial, and Post-Dispositional Advocacy

Students enrolled in this clinical course will have the unique opportunity to represent youth in conflict with the law in a wide variety of settings and gain valuable litigation and policy advocacy experience in the process. They will advocate for youth in delinquency trials and pre/post-trial hearings in juvenile court; juvenile appeals; and various collateral proceedings (e.g. educational, criminal records expungement, and registry hearings ). As part of a national litigation effort following the groundbreaking 2012 U. S. Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama (which banned mandatory life sentences for youth), students will also represent inmates in adult criminal court who were given life sentences for crimes they allegedly committed as children. Interested students will also gain public policy advocacy experience by working on one of the CFJC's many policy initiatives. Examples of such initiatives include: working with a broad coalition of lawyers and activists to end extreme sentences for youth; researching the damaging effects a juvenile record can have on a young person's future and working with stakeholders and the legislature to minimize these effects; and working to make Chicago's juvenile courts more informed about the traumatic stress many of their youth have suffered. Students can expect to develop many critical skills in this course that will prepare them for the practice of law, including interviewing, counseling, investigation, trial skills, legal research, negotiation, written and oral advocacy, client relations and professionalism. Second year students earn 3.0 credits. Third year students earn 4.0 credits. NOTE: There will be a mandatory clinic student orientation hosted by clinic faculty on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.


Catalog Number: LITARB 733


Course History

Fall 2014
Title: Clinic:Juvenile Justice: Pre-Trial, Trial, and Post-Dispositional Advocacy
Faculty: Frazier, Carolyn E. (courses  |  homepage)
Mahadev, Shobha L. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 7



Spring 2014
Title: Clinic:Juvenile Justice: Pre-Trial, Trial, and Post-Dispositional Advocacy
Faculty: Frazier, Carolyn E. (courses  |  homepage)
Mahadev, Shobha L. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 7



Fall 2013
Title: Clinic:Juvenile Justice: Pre-Trial, Trial, and Post-Dispositional Advocacy
Faculty: Frazier, Carolyn E. (courses  |  homepage)
Mahadev, Shobha L. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8



Spring 2013
Title: Clinic:Juvenile Justice: Pre-Trial, Trial, and Post-Dispositional Advocacy
Faculty: Frazier, Carolyn E. (courses  |  homepage)
Mahadev, Shobha L. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8



Fall 2012
Title: Clinic:Juvenile Justice: Pre-Trial, Trial, and Post-Dispositional Advocacy
Faculty: Frazier, Carolyn E. (courses  |  homepage)
Mahadev, Shobha L. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 7     Actual: 7



Fall 2011
Title: Clinic:Juvenile Trials/Policy
Faculty: Frazier, Carolyn E. (courses  |  homepage)
Mahadev, Shobha L. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Clinic     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 5     Actual: 5