|Prerequisites:||Three semesters of law school; Evidence and Legal Profession. NOTE: Legal Profession can be taken concurrently with the clinic in the fall semester with approval of the instructor.|
|Recommended Courses:||Trial Advocacy, Family Law, Pre-trial Litigation, Persuasive Communication and Legal Reasoning and Analysis|
The Child Advocacy Clinic is a working law office in which law students are the lawyers. Under the supervision of Clinic faculty, students perform all aspects of representation for our clients. As our name suggests, our clients are mostly children who are involved in child abuse and neglect (dependency) cases in the Pima County Juvenile Court.
The Child Advocacy Clinic has four main goals:
(1) Enhancing Lawyering Skills. Through practical experience in the field and in classroom simulations, we want you to develop your lawyering skills and learn a little about the law.
(2) Learning how to learn from experience. In addition to cultivating lawyering skills, we want you to begin to master the lifelong skill of learning from experienceCnot only about the law, but also about yourselves.
(3) Developing good lawyer judgment. In the process of (1) and (2) and drawing on what you have learned in all your other classes, we hope that your sense of lawyer judgment will develop and mature. By Alawyer judgment@ we mean making the kinds of decisionsCboth practical and ethicalCthat lawyers are called upon to make regardless of their practice area.
(4) Delivering high quality legal services. Finally, we expect the Child Advocacy Clinic to provide the highest quality legal services to our clients. Our clients deserve nothing less.
The Child Advocacy Clinic Handbook available in digital form at no cost.
|Course Format||We meet once a week for two hours. The first hour or so is devoted to a relevant topic or skill such as interviewing and listening, case planning, examining expert witnesses, confronting ethical problems, and questioning witnesses. The last 30 -45 minutes will be devoted to discussing current Clinic cases with each other.|
|Written Assignments||Students will be asked to keep a journal.|
|Type of Exam||No exam.|
|Basis for grading||Pass/Fail|
Note: This is a two semester course. Students will be required to commit to two consecutive semesters.