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Clinic Practice: Mental Health Issues In Juvenile Court

This course offers placement at the Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic, in the Juvenile Court building at 2245 W. Ogden which is located approximately 5 miles from the law school. The course differs from the traditional legal clinic course in that there is no client representation and involves minimal contact with clients. However, for students interested in policy and research concerning juvenile law and mental health issues, the course is a unique opportunity to explore and apply those interests in the context of a juvenile court forensic clinic. The Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic operation encompasses a wide range of activities designed to provide the judges, lawyers, probation officers and other juvenile court personnel with mental health or "clinical" information As part of the course work, law students receive an introduction to Cook County's juvenile court, observe juvenile court proceedings, participate in intake interviews of families or youths in delinquency cases who have been referred to the Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic, and engage in research on issues that arise in the course of actual practice. Potential research topic could include evidentiary issues regarding the use of clinical evaluations in court proceedings; issues related to privilege, standing, and mental health rights; the "ultimate issue" controversy; the role of cultural issues in clinical evaluation; or ethical limitations on clinicians providing forensic evaluations. This course is recommended for students interested in mental health and juvenile law. Students enrolled in this course must have a schedule that can accommodate spending at least one full day each week at the Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic. Students interested in this course are asked to contact Professor Kahn at (312) 433 6640 before registering. Second year students earn 3.0 credits. Third year students earn 4.0 credits. Enrollment is limited to JD candidates.


Catalog Number: LITARB 710
Practice Areas: Criminal Law Practice AreaFamily Law Practice AreaLegal Skills Development


Course History

Spring 2011
Title: Clinic Practice: Mental Health Issues In Juvenile Court - Cook County JCC
Faculty: Kahn, Barbara A.
Section: 1     Type: Clinic     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 2     Actual: 0



Fall 2010
Title: Clinic Practice: Mental Health Issues In Juvenile Court - Cook County JCC
Faculty: Kahn, Barbara A.
Section: 1     Type: Clinic     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 2     Actual: 0